BOLIVIA

Registration of trademarks Bolivia, The State of Pluractionality Bolivia is an Andean Pact member. The Andean Pact Decision agreement specifies that all of the member governments of the Andean Pact—Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru—have common trademark law regulations. The Trademark Act of January 1918 and the Andean Pact Decision No. 486, which went into effect on December 1st, 2000, serve as the legal foundation. Registration is required to acquire trademark protection.

Procedure

Both a formal examination and a distinctiveness examination are part of the application procedure. It is not necessary to do a search for earlier trademarks in order to file a trademark application, although it is still possible. In the event that no oppositions are filed, the registration process takes about six to eight months. Before being scrutinised for uniqueness, the trademark is released in the official Bolivian Gazette. Please take note that the opposition time is 30 labour days starting on the application publication date. Trademark owners in other Andean Pact member governments may likewise file oppositions.

Requirements

A local agent is required to submit a trademark application to the Servicio Nacional de Propiedad Intellectual (SENPAI). It is required to have a notarized power of attorney that has been verified by a Bolivian Consulate. A domestic registration is not required for foreign candidates.

Duration

In Bolivia, a trademark registration is good for ten years after the date of registration. Ten-year renewal periods are available for the registration. Please take note that protection and precedence in Bolivia are granted as of the application date.

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