Region: Venezuela

What brand owners need to know about the serious trademark issues and risks in Venezuela

In this exclusive guest post, experts from Venezuelan firm Antequera expand on recent “major setbacks” for international brand owners seeking IP protection in the Latin American country.

05 March 2019

Venezuela trademark warning, IP Australia chatbot success, and triumph for Butlers in the Buff: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new online service launched by the Swedish IP Office, the Babybel wax-coating trademark being invalidated, scammers filing “fake trademarks” to hijack Instagram accounts, and much more.

15 February 2019

SAPI takes controversial action to tackle trademark backlog

The Venezuelan IP Agency (SAPI) has published an official request that trademark owners and applicants with pending trademark decisions confirm their interest in continuing proceedings. The move aims to tackle the backlog of cases awaiting a decision.

13 December 2018

New IP officials appointed against backdrop of great uncertainty

New IP officials, including a new director of trademarks, have recently been appointed in Venezuela. These appointments come in a climate of great uncertainty, mainly due to the suspension of the payment of official fees by foreign IP owners earlier this year.

24 July 2018

Suspension of official fees payable by foreign entities: brand owners should stay alert

Although the payment of official fees to the Venezuelan IP office has been suspended temporarily, foreign brand owners should be prepared and ensure that their representatives are nevertheless sent the relevant fees.

27 March 2018

“A situation of uncertainty” – fees debacle at Venezuelan IP office leaves brand owners “in limbo”

​​​​​​​The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office has suspended payment of official fees by foreign applicants for the foreseeable future. The situation has been described by one local attorney on the ground as “lacking legal basis” and leaving IP owners “in limbo”.

15 March 2018

Pharmaceutical brands in the Americas: practical strategies for a fast-moving sector

Experts from Canada, the United States and Venezuela discuss cutting-edge strategies for the creation, protection and exploitation of brands in the pharmaceutical industry

01 July 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Venezuela

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2017

Although in recent years the authorities have shown increasing concern over counterfeiting and implemented mechanisms to combat it, these efforts have been largely inadequate, due to increased traffic in these goods worldwide.

18 May 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Venezuela

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2017/2018

In Venezuela, exclusive trademark rights are granted only by registration according to the Industrial Property Law. However, the owners of unregistered trademarks may be able to prevent the registration of marks by filing an opposition to the application.

29 March 2017

TMO requires ratification of oppositions

The Venezuelan Trademark Office has issued an official communication requesting that trademark owners or applicants which have filed oppositions against third-party applications reaffirm their interest in continuing such proceedings.

06 December 2016

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