PARAGUAY

Paraguayan trademark registration – The Trademark Act of August 6, 1998 serves as the legal foundation in Paraguay. Registration is required to acquire trademark protection.

Requirements

A local agent must submit a trademark application to the Office of Industrial Property. In Paraguay, each class requires a separate application. Applicants from abroad require a local agent. It is required to get a power of attorney (POA) certified by a notary. The said document does not need to be legally recognized by a consulate in order to be used in administrative processes like filing trademark applications. A domestic registration is not required for foreign candidates.

Procedure

A formal assessment, a distinctiveness examination, and a trademark search are all part of the application procedure. The entire process, from initial paperwork to registration, takes about eight months. The trademark application is published in a local newspaper for three days straight prior to registration. From the day following the last day of the trademark application’s publication, there is a 60-day window for opposition. A foreign trademark registration may serve as the basis for an opposition.

Duration

In Paraguay, 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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