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8 Jul 2020

Key requirements for trademark licensing in Latin America and the Caribbean

When creating a regional licensing programme, understanding the nuances of the rules and regulations at jurisdictional level is key to success. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: El Salvador

Rights in unregistered marks arise only where the relevant mark is sufficiently well known and this can be proved. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: El Salvador

Any natural or legal person can apply for and acquire the right to own a mark in El Salvador. No conditions of nationality, domicile or establishment apply. Read more

29 Mar 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: El Salvador

rademarks registered previously are subject to opposition on renewal; in contrast, trademarks registered under the 2002 law are not published on renewal. Marks are protected for 10 years, renewable every 10 years. An additional advantage is the inclusion of clear and simple rules for calculating damages. The law has its own statute of limitations rules, which prevail over the Code of Commerce’s general provisions.

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Anti-Counterfeiting

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30 May 2008

Survey on perception of counterfeiting in El Salvador released

The American Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador has released the results of a survey on the perception of counterfeiting and piracy in the country. Among other things, the survey showed that there is a generalized belief that "buying counterfeit products is smart"; 65.9% of the population believes that counterfeit goods cost at least half the price of the original products.

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Brand management

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20 Jul 2005

Reform reduces tax benefits for IP rights owners

Income derived from the use of IP rights registered abroad is now taxable
in El Salvador. The tax reform also removes the right to deduct as corporate
expenses any payment relating to the use of intellectual property to subsidiaries
located in tax havens. In addition, the amendments impose obligations on applicants
for IP rights in relation to their tax status.

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Enforcement and Litigation

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28 Feb 2006

Changes to Trademark Law provoked by Free Trade Agreement

The amendments to the Salvadorian Trademark Law required by the Dominican
Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement with the United States came into
force on January 20 2006. The changes, which include substantive and procedural
issues, generally broaden the scope of protection for trademarks in El Salvador.

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Portfolio Management

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18 Sep 2015

El Salvador

Trademarks registered previously are subject to opposition on renewal; in contrast, trademarks registered under the 2002 law are not published on renewal. Marks are protected for 10 years, renewable every 10 years.

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11 Dec 2007

Limited online access to trademark database allowed

In order to comply with the numerous obligations imposed by the ratification
of the DR-CAFTA, El Salvador has granted limited access to the trademark database.
The National Bureau of Registries has launched the <i>Centro Nacional de Registros</i>,
an online database which allows the public to determine the status of the trademarks,
patents and copyrights processed in El Salvador.

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