As from January 1, 2011, the Uruguayan PTO has modified the official fees and incorporated new charges.
The official fee for filing an application including up to 10 claims and the fee corresponding to each additional claim up to 50, raised approximately 37%. Moreover, a new charge has been included for each additional claim.
In addition, rates for requesting examination up to 10 claims went up 174%, as well as tariffs for each additional claim were increased in a higher percentage.
As for the last steps of prosecution and registry of patents, new fees have been set up according to the number of claims: up to 10 claims; from 11 to 50; from 51 to 100; from 101 to 200; and more than 200.
Finally, fees for annuities payments will differ according to the annuity that must be paid. There have been established three ranges of prices: 1 to 5 years, 6 to 10 years and from 10 years.
New fees were announced for late renewals, regardless if the trademark is word or device.
Please note that official fees are updated every three months according to the local level of prices, therefore, there might be some additional variations.
The registration of second level domains .UY will be available in Uruguay, under the “first come, first served” rule, as from July 10th, 2012.
Owner of third level domains .COM.UY registered before or until June 10th, 2012, will obtain the corresponding second level domain for free, i.e., the owner of domain.com.uy will obtain the registration of domain.uy automatically, without the need of applying for registration. This registration will be valid for one year.
In case two or more domains are registered under third level domains for the same denomination (e.g.: domain.com.uy, domain.net.uy, etc.), the date of registration of the third level domain will define, who has the right to obtain the second level domain. The information regarding the granting of these free second level registrations will be available one week after the official granting is completed.
Owners of those registered .UY domains, who wish to keep them after the 1-year period, will have to pay the renewal fee once this term elapses.
If there is no interest in keeping these domains same may be allowed to drop.
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.