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Mrz 18, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 4/15)
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Autonomous IP Service in Progress

There have been several important developments at Venezuela’s Autonomous Intellectual Property Service (SAPI) in the last six months. Most recently, on January 29, 2015, Cristina Piña Sierralta was appointed as the new Director of SAPI’s Industrial Property Registry.

On October 15, 2014, users, interested parties and the general public were notified via an Official Notice that the pricing of products and/or services provided by SAPI had been adjusted, effective the same date.

Additionally, on August 19, 2014, SAPI established a “Taquilla Integral,” which is a central office where applicants can initiate proceedings at the Trademark Office.

In addition to the traditional way of making bank deposits, the Autonomous Intellectual Property Service has implemented new payment options, such as bank transfers and point of sale debit card payments.

Also, the online help system, WEBPI, will offer a new option which will allow users to process their application and search a phonetic and/or graphic registration history from their home or office.

These changes should help to improve efficiency for trademark applicants in Venezuela overall, particularly with respect to electronic search results. For more information, please click here

Source: INTA Bulletin, Vol. 70 No. 4, contributor: Barbarita Guzmán, Markven Propiedad Intelectual S.C., Caracas and verifier: Ricardo Alberto Antequera, Estudio Antequera Parilli, Caracas