New controversial notification
Following an Official Notification dated October 1st, 2010 and published on October 6th, 2010, the Venezuelan PTO announced that the filing of any new IP matter will not be accepted unless all the required documents and information are submitted at the same time.
By IP matter we understand patents, designs, trademarks, comercial names, slogans, trademark renewals, changes of name or address, assignments and licence agreements.
In case all documents are not complete and the legal requirements, such as notarization and/or legalization by Apostille, are not fullfiled, the application will be rejected and will have to be filed later, once all necessary data is complete, and no priority will be considered.
As this new resolution violates certain International Agreements, such as the Paris Convention, the Venezuelan IP Attorneys Association (COVAPI) is presenting its different point of view and complaints and expects some adjustments in the resolution soon.