Trademarks: Colombia

General Information

International Agreements : Andean Community, the World Trade Organization, and 
the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Classification : Nice Classification (8th Edition) – Single Class Filing.

What is Registrable : The following signs, among others, shall be capable of constituting a trademark: a) words or a combination of words; b) pictures, figures, symbols, graphic elements, logotypes, monograms, portraits, labels, and emblems; c) sounds and smells; d) letters and numbers; e) a color demarcated to give it a specific shape, or a combination of colors; h) the shape of a product its packaging or wrappings; g) any combination of the signs or means indicated in the items above.

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes – within 6 months
Examination : Yes – formal & substantive. 
Publication : Yes

Opposition : Yes - within 30 days as of publication date. The competent national office may, at the request of a party and once only, grant an additional thirty-day period in which to provide valid reasons for opposing registration of the trademark.

Registration Term : 10 Years – from grant date.
Renewal Term : 10 Years 
Grace Period for Renewals : 6 months after expiration date.

Cancellation : The competent national office shall, at the request of an interested party, cancel a trademark registration after an uninterrupted period of non-use in any Member Country, without valid reasons, by the owner, a licensee, or another person authorized by the owner, of at least three years immediately before the start of the cancellation proceeding. Cancellation of a registration for non-use of trademark rights may also be requested as a defense in an opposition proceeding lodged on the basis of the unused trademark. Registration may not be cancelled where the owner of the trademark is able to show that non-use is due to force majored or an Act of God, among other things.

Assignments – Must Assignments be recorded ? Yes
Can pending application be Assigned ? Yes

Licenses – Must Licenses be Recorded ? Yes

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. A specimen of the trademark in 12x12cm.
  2. The complete identification of the applicant.
  3. The complete list of goods and services 
  4. The priority document, if claimed legalized up to Colombian Consulate or Apostille.
  5. A certificate of incorporation of the applicant Legalized up to Colombian Consulate or Apostille.
  6. A power of attorney Legalized up to Colombian Consulate or Apostille.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. The complete identification of the trademark and the file number.
  2. A certificate of incorporation of the applicant legalized up to Colombian Consulate or Apostille.
  3. A power of attorney Legalized up to Colombian Consulate or Apostille.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. A copy of the agreement legalized before a Colombian consulate or Apostille.
  2. A certificate of incorporation legalized before a Colombian consulate or Apostille.
  3. A power of attorney legalized before a Colombian consulate or Apostille. .

 

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