New online IP Office implemented
The Colombian Office of Industry and Commerce presented the “virtual office of Industrial Property”
Through this new virtual office, any user will be able to submit online any filing application, such as trademarks, patents and others.
The launching of this new tool brings the Colombian PTO’s main target of providing access to the services of the industrial property office to users in any part of the country, closer.
One of the goals of this new tool is to increase substantially the number of local applications filed for trademarks and patents. To encourage this, the Office offers a 5% discount on their official fees in any online procedure.
Some interesting figures:
- The number of trademark applications is steadily increasing From 2009 to 2013, there has been a 41% increase in trademark applications. In this regard, online submissions have grown 103% during the last three years.
- The number of patent applications is also steadily increasing From 2009 to 2013, there has been a 28% increase in patent applications. This % is expected to grow significantly during the next years, due to the online filing possibility.