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13 May 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.

05 March 2019

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.

15 February 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.

13 December 2018

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.

24 July 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.

27 March 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.

15 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”.

01 July 2017

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

18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Venezuela

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.

29 March 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Venezuela

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.

06 December 2016

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 September 2016

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Venezuela

Regarding the regulatory legal framework for pharmaceutical trademarks, the Pharmaceutical Products Review Board of the National Institute of Hygiene has established several standards for packaging, labelling, advertising, promotion and branding. The Pharmaceuticals Law establishes the general rules governing the commercialisation, manufacture, production, distribution, import and export of pharmaceutical products.

04 February 2016

E-commerce: protecting your IP rights in Venezuela

This chapter outlines the actions that rights holders can take to protect their rights on the Internet and prevent the import, storage and online sale of infringing goods. It also summarises methods of securing compensation for damages.

10 November 2015

Edenred's ownership of CESTATICKET mark compromised by new law

A new law called the "Law on Socialist Cestatickets for Workers”, which concerns food benefits for employees, has set an ominous precedent for the trademark system in Venezuela by using a registered trademark as a generic term, thereby forcing all the competitors of the trademark owner to use that mark.

18 September 2015

Venezuela

However, in April 2006 Venezuela left the Andean Community. On September 17 2008 the Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office (SAPI) decided that the relevant trademark and patent legislation would be the Industrial Property Law 1956.