Uruguayan PTO informs about goals achieved during 2014 in its Annual Report
The Uruguayan PTO (DNPI) has recently launched the Annual Report 2014, which summarizes the main goals achieved by this office during last year.
According to the report, important qualitative and quantitative changes both regarding processes and IT systems as well as technological infrastructure and human resources, were consolidated in 2014.
Regarding internal management improvements, the DNPI highlights that the enhancement of the online services allowed an increase of 37% of online patent and trademark applications during 2014 compared to 2013. Additionally, the inclusion of the digital signature in all official documents issued by DNPI, the progress in the digitalization of the patent and trademark archive (already digitalized in a 78.5%) and the recently launched e-notification system are some of the developments mentioned in the report.
Concerning trademarks, the DNPI received 9,977 filings during 2014, a 5.8 increase over 2013,and 37.8% of which were local filings. Of those cited, 5,836 filings correspond to primary registrations and the rest to renewals. The number of trademark grants during 2014 was 10,603, 56.4% of which were primary registrations and 43.6% renewals. After Uruguay, the U.S. was the country that filed more trademarks with the DNPI, followed by other countries including Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France and Brazil.
The DNPI also received 679 patent, 30 utility models and 79 industrial design applications during 2014. Moreover, the annual report informs that during 2014, 721 applications within the Patent Department (patents, utility models and industrial designs) reached the substantive examination stage and 870 substantive examination final reports were issued, thus involving an increase of more than 300% percent over 2013.