Multiclass applications now possible
Last January, 2012, entered in force Resolution N° 21447 issued on April 11th, 2011 by the Colombian Organism dealing with Industry and Trade. This Resolution establishes, among other topics, the possibility of applying for a trademark in several classes of goods and/or services by filing just one application.
The main goal of this resolution is the simplification of the requirements to obtain and conserve trademarks.
The Resolution also mentions that in the case where a third party files an opposition against a multiclass application, the opponent must indicate against which products and/or services the objection is referring to, pointing out the correspondent classes.
Even though one application is possible, the official fees have to be paid for each class.
Other Latin American countries where multi-class applications are possible:
- Chile: classes corresponding to goods have to be filed separately from the ones corresponding to services
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador