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Registration of trademarks Ecuador – Ecuador is an Andean Pact member. Common trademark law regulations are found in Andean Pact Decision No. 486, which applies to all Andean Community members (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru). Registration is required to acquire trademark protection.

Renewal

A local agent must submit a trademark application to the “Instituto Ecuatoriano de Propiedad Industrial (I.E.P.I.)”. It is required to have a power of attorney certified by a notary. A domestic registration is not required for foreign candidates.

Procedure

A formal examination, publication in the monthly Industrial Property Gazette, and a comparison of the application to previous trademarks’ distinctiveness are all part of the application procedure. The entire process, from initial submission to registration, takes about six months. Thirty working days after the application’s publication date is the opposition period.

Duration

In Ecuador, a trademark registration is effective from the registration date for a period of ten years.

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