Change of applicants of trademarks and patents being processed is now accepted by local PTO
On April 9, 2014, the Venezuelan PTO published on IP Bulletin number 546 important modifications regarding the change of applicant and reckless oppositions.
Changes of applicants of trademarks and patents being processed, either due to assignment, merger, change of name or address, are now permitted by the local PTO. Additionally, users that requested a “change of applicant” for applications still being processed, filed before the publication of this Bulletin, will have to file the corresponding documents described in said official notice in order to be admitted to procedure. The application for “change of applicant” must be filed before the publication of granting of the corresponding trademark or patent.
Regarding oppositions, IP Bulletin number 546 establishes that those lacking legal bases according to the provisions of the 1956 IP Law currently in force will be declared unacceptable and will be published as such in the IP Bulletin.