Abandoned Patent Applications
Resolution 6/2011 invites Patent Attorneys to inform before December 31, 2011, the patent, industrial model and design applications, in which their applicants are no longer interested.
This is an invitation and not a request, so it will have no negative consequences for the applicant, nor its applications, if nothing is informed.
The aim of the resolution is to know, which applications are no longer interesting for their owners and therefore no examination will be necessary. In this way the Uruguayan PTO expects to clean up and shorten somehow the backlog it is suffering since years.
In case the applicant decides to inform the PTO about those cases in which interest has been lost, this will have to be done as a withdrawal request. The filing of such request have a cost but it may also help to speed up the examination procedure of those cases, which may be very important to their owner.
The applications for which no withdrawal request is filed and for which examination has already been requested, will be examined in due time.
If you are interested in placing a withdrawal request for any of your abandoned patent applications, please let us know.
Also please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts.