Deferment of publication of patent applications for up to 18 months counted as from the filing date of the priority application!
Through a circular letter, the Chilean Patent Office has introduced the possibility of requesting the deferment of the publication for a term of up to 18 months counted as from the filing of the priority application. The deferment must be requested before a favorable Preliminary Examination is issued.
In this way, the danger of patent applications being published before the 18 month period will be avoided. Said danger had arisen in light of the promptness with which the Office wishes to study the patent applications since their duration will be now 20 years counted as from the filing date. Until a decision to establish an official remedy was taken, applicants had resorted to the temporary abandonment or the request of deferment of application proceedings.
Our advice is to request the deferment of publication at the moment of filing the application.
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