COLUMBIA

Registration of trademarks Colombia – Colombia is an Andean Pact member. The Andean Pact agreement says that all of its member governments—Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru—have common trademark law regulations. The Trademark Law, which has been in effect since December 1st, 2000, is the legal foundation for industrial property matters and is contained in Andean Pact Decision 486. Registration is required to acquire trademark protection. Colombia additionally participates in the Madrid Protocol. This makes it possible for Colombia to complete the international trademark application.

Requirements

A local agent must submit a trademark application to the Patent Office. To complete a trademark application, a power of attorney duly given before a notary public and a notarial certification confirming the existence and representation of the business further apostilled, or legalised, before the Consul of Colombia, are required. A domestic registration is not required for foreign candidates. Only foreign candidates submitted through a legally registered agent may be accepted.

Procedure

There is no search for previous trademarks throughout the application procedure; instead, there is a formal examination and an examination of distinctiveness. Before an office action is issued by the trademark authority or registration, it takes about 15 working days. The trademark is published in the monthly “Gaceta de la Propiedad Industrial” following registration. Thirty working days after the application’s publication date is the opposition period. Trademark owners in other Andean Pact member governments may likewise file oppositions.

Duration

In Colombia, a trademark registration is effective from the registration date for a period of ten years. Ten-year renewal periods are available for the registration.

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