By Moeller IP Advisors
Dear Clients and Associates,
The Venezuelan Association of Industrial Property Agents (COVAPI) has issued a statement related to the suspension of services of the Autonomous Services of Intellectual Property (SAPI), who since August 28, 2018 has decided to temporarily and unilaterally suspend the provision of their usual services.
Below the text of the statement:
TO OUR ASSOCIATES, COLLEAGUES AND OTHER USERS OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AUTONOMOUS SERVICE (SAPI)
The Venezuelan Industrial Property Agents’ Association (COVAPI) hereby informs its members, colleagues and general public that the Intellectual Property Autonomous Service (SAPI), as of August 28, 2018, has suspended to render services, motivated by certain “internal affairs”, pursuant to various official notifications issued by the entity.
This suspension of services prevents the submittal of any trademark, patent and/or copyright application, notwithstanding the fact that there are three (3) IP Bulletins currently in force which generate several recourses that must be actioned by the owners of these intangibles and who are unable to do so, thereby negating their right of defense and request for protection of their intellectual rights.
COVAPI has already sent a communication to the competent authorities expressing its concern upon the climate of uncertainty and lack of judicial safeguard generated by this situation and has requested SAPI to adopt the necessary measures to reactivate its services in order to guarantee its users due protection and enforcement of their rights and interests.
We remain, Very truly yours,
The Board of Directors
On the 23rd of August this year, the Government of Venezuela and the SAPI local IP Authority have notified a substantial increase on administrative expenses related to IP matters, such as forms, folders, mandatory searches (when applicable), mandatory publications, annuity forms, etc. All these charges must be paid right away in local currency at the date of any presentation before registering to the SAPI (IP Authority in Venezuela). These new costs come into force at once. Changes are always immediately due in Venezuela.
These are only the administrative expenses, we expect a new note from Venezuelan authorities regarding the Official fees in the next days. We keep you updated on this.
The new expenses mentioned above are the following:
|Trademarks:||Amount in USD:|
|Denominative or graphic official search||237|
|Mixed official search||474|
|TM Filing (nominative or graphic)||570|
|TM Filing (mixed)||810|
|Assignment (granted TM)||165|
|Assignment (non-granted TM)||10|
|Change of name or Address (granted TM)||165|
|Change of name or Address (non-granted TM)||10|
|License of use (granted TM)||165|
|License of use (non-granted TM)||10|
|Merger (granted TM)||165|
|Merger (non-granted TM)||10|
|Reply to office actions||5|
|Patents, Utility Models and Industrial designs:||Amount in USD:|
|Publications (up to 3 mandatory)||505|
|Change of name or Address (granted)||165|
|Change of name or Address (non-granted)||10|
|Payment of annuities (each)||160|
|Reply to office actions||5|