TM registration certificates: now available online!
According to local PTO Resolution N° 341, published on November 6th 2013, registration certificates for new TM registrations and its renewals will be issued electronically.
According to the new disposition, users will be automatically informed by email of the emission of their trademark registration certificates and renewal certificates. To download or view these documents an alphanumeric identifying number, also send by email, will be necessary.
The date of the first download will be considered as the effective date of the withdrawal of the document in paper, regardless of the subsequent downloads which could be carried out. The TM registration certificate and the correspondent renewals issued and signed digitally will stay online for ten years according to the 5th article of Law N° 22.362. This means that the authorities will have access to these documents and will be able to verify the authenticity of a copy that could be presented during legal proceedings. In order to avoid the confluence of identical certificates, the issuance and the digital signature of these documents will be done together and at the same time.
It is important to highlight that INPI’s IT department agreed to establish the necessary technical background in order to prevent the system to issue digital documents that do not comply with the requirements provided by the abovementioned disposal.
Another benefit emerging from this new disposition is the significant time reduction that, until now, delayed the issuance of TM certificates.
Source: www.inpi.gov.ar (Resolution INPI N° 341)