Impact of covid-19 pandemic on Argentina’s trademark practice
- The number of trademark applications and renewals has decreased in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic
- The Trademark Office is not activating most of the opposition and cancellation procedures
- Nevertheless, the office has been actively working to catch up on the existing backlog
The major financial crisis that hit national economies around the world in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic has had, and still has, an even greater impact on Argentina, whose economy had been in crisis long before the pandemic started.
Impact on trademark applications
As a result of the economic downturn, fewer trademark applications have been filed and trademark owners are limiting their instructions to maintain only what is strictly necessary. In addition, the number of trademark renewals has also decreased.
Impact on conflict resolution
Trademark conflict resolution has dropped to close to nothing, as the Trademark Office is not activating most of the opposition and cancellation procedures. On the other hand, since commercial activities have been, and continue to be, under severe restrictions, infringements have almost disappeared - at least from the public eye.
Some positive developments
However, it is not all bad news. The Trademark Office has been actively working to catch up on the existing backlog. For example, applications filed using a TM Class description are published in less than 15 days. Where the description of the goods is not validated by the TM Class classification tool, the applications are published within six months. In July this year, 18,000 new applications were published. Assignments of trademarks that have been uploaded onto the system are resolved within a couple of days. Over the past few years the Trademark Office has been working towards the digitalisation of all available procedures, and trademark owners and practitioners are now starting to see very good results.
It is expected that the situation will be normalised soon, and legal terms must thus be complied with.
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