Trademarks in Argentina are registered with the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). The registration process of a trademark in Argentina can take between 12 to 20 months, depending on the complexity of each case. This is due to the fact that the process goes through different stages until INPI makes the final decision.
Which are the steps on the registration process of a trademark in Argentina?
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Trademark registration process in Argentina
- Filing of the application
First, trademark registration application is filed with the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI).
- Formalities examination
Once the INPI receives the application, it confirms whether all formalities are fulfilled and if there is any missing requirement, it grants a period of thirty (30) days to amend the request.
Once the trademark passes the formalities examination, INPI publishes it in the trademarks bulletin for one (1) day.
- Opposition period
After the publication, a 30 (thirty) calendar days period begins to run for third parties to file oppositions to the trademark application.
In case third parties don’t file oppositions to the application, the process continues at step 5. Otherwise, if third parties filed oppositions to the application, the process stops until the parties solve it.
- Substantive examination
Once the opposition period expires, and in case third parties do not file oppositions or the applicant removes them, INPI carries out a substantive examination regarding the registrability of the trademark. INPI in this step can make administrative observations and grants the applicant a period to answer them. Please, note that the applicant must answer them with the sponsorship of a lawyer or an industrial property agent.
- Final decision
If the Trademarks Office considers that the trademark is distinctive, it won’t create confusion with previous registered trademarks and meets all requirements of the law, it grants the registration.
- Issue of title
After registration, INPI grants the Trademark title and the protection lasts for 10 (ten) years from the registration date. The trademark can be renewed for periods of 10 (ten) years indefinitely.
The registration process of a trademark in Argentina goes through different instances that may represent challenges to the application. Therefore, it is extremely important at the time of submitting the application, you get advice regarding the particular circumstances of your case.
If you have already decided to protect your trademark through IP Professionals in Argentina, start the registration process today.