ARGENTINA

Argentina’s trademark registration laws are based on the December 26, 1980, statute, which came into effect on February 1, 1981.Registration is required to acquire trademark protection. But, in some situations, you can also assert protection by claiming that a trademark was used. Argentina uses the system of first-to-file.

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Requirements

A local agent must submit a trademark application to the Trademark Office. It is required to have a unique power of attorney that is notarized and apostille. To receive all related notifications, each applicant must set up a legal address in the city of Buenos Aires..

Procedure

There is no indication of potential trademark equivalency or similarity throughout the application process, only a formal evaluation. Before the trademark authority issues an office action or registers a trademark, it takes about eighteen months. The trademark is published in the Bulletin for opposition purposes upon registration. Please take note that the opposition period in Argentina lasts for 30 days from the application’s publishing date. The applicant has one year from the notice date to request withdrawal if an opposition is made against the application.

Duration

In Argentina, a trademark registration is effective from the registration date for a period of ten years. Ten-year renewal periods are available for the registration. A sworn declaration of use certifying that the trademark was used during the five years previous to its expiration must be included with the application in order to renew a TM.

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