Region: Venezuela

Venezuela IP office renders its own resolutions null and void

The Venezuelan IP office has rendered a set of its own resolutions - published earlier this year - null and void on the grounds that they had been made by an incompetent authority and were therefore unconstitutional.

14 October 2020

Rising enforcement efforts show an increasing concern for IP rights in the Caribbean

Recent efforts by US Customs and Border Protection, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and INTERPOL are a stark warning to counterfeiters in the region – particularly where fake goods are linked to organised crime and terrorism.

10 September 2020

New IP Gazette issued without deadlines

In an unprecedented move, on 15 July 2020 the Venezuelan Trademark Office issued its latest IP Gazette without an effective date and, consequently, without deadlines.

10 August 2020

New temporary e-filing system for duration of covid-19 national emergency

The Venezuelan Intellectual Property Office has announced that, starting from 27 April 2020 and as long as the national sanitary emergency remains effective, the office will implement a temporary e-filing system for certain IP-related matters, including trademark applications.

01 May 2020

Venezuela establishes new procedure for protecting local GIs

The Venezuelan Intellectual Property Office has established a new procedure for protecting local geographical indications based on the Paris Convention, which it published in a bulletin in February 2020.

02 April 2020

Venezuela to use Nice Classification exclusively

In a significant development for trademark applicants and owners, as of 10 February 2020 trademarks applications in Venezuela must use only the International Classification of Goods and Services established by the Nice Agreement.

25 February 2020

IP prosecution fee change sparks concern among US rights holders

New regulations that will directly affect Venezuelan trademark prosecutions look set to clash with a US executive order as to how US entities can transact with the Venezuelan government.

10 February 2020

Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission publishes first official domain name regulation

The National Telecommunications Commission has issued the Administrative Regulation for the National Plan for ‘.ve’ Domain Names, the first national regulation on domain names in Venezuela.

29 October 2019

“Great news for the IP community” – US government authorises trademark protection in Venezuela

A General Licence has been issued by the US government that explicitly authorises the protection of all intellectual property in Venezuela. The move follows significant challenges for US companies seeking to protect their brands in the country.

08 August 2019

“Unusual and very risky” – warning to brands as Venezuelan IP office launches cash payments of fees

The Venezuelan IP Office has introduced a new payment method involving paying cash deposits at a specific bank branch. Experts describe the process as complicated and have warned of significant risks.

13 May 2019

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