Trademark Office rejects trademark oppositions based on Venezuelan registries
By means of Resolution 14583 (23 May 2007), the CTO rejected a trademark opposition against a Colombian trademark application based on a prior Venezuelan registration. The CTO also rejected the evidence related to use of Venezuelan trademarks in regard to the application of Andean norms on cancellation for non-use. The CTO position considered that Venezuela became a third party before the Andean Community as of 22 April 2006, when President Chavez denounced Venezuela’s Andean membership. Thereafter, all rights and obligations acquired under Andean legislation ceased for Venezuela. Accordingly, all oppositions supported on a prior Venezuelan registration or application will be considered as not filed.Information gently provided by Olarte Raisbeck & Frieri, Ltda.