Extension of deadline for patent examination fee
The Paraguayan Patent Office (DINAPI) recently issued Resolution No. 19/2015 extending the deadline to pay the substantive examination fee for patent applications until December 30, 2015.
The previous deadline of July 10, 2015, had been established in April 2015 by means of Resolution No. 04/2015.
Paraguayan patent law establishes that the substantive examination will be performed after applicant pays the corresponding fees, which have to be paid within three years from the filing date, or the application is deemed withdrawn.
However, before resolution 04/2015, in practice the substantive examination fee did not have to be paid until the application was ready for the substantive examination, that is, after the application had been subjected to the preliminary examination and the publication.
After the extended grace period of December 30, 2015, all patent applications affected by the resolution that have not paid this fee will be deemed to be withdrawn.