Trademark application Uruguay

Trademark registration Uruguay

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What are the costs of a trademark registration in Uruguay?

The costs of trademark registration in Uruguay depend on the number of Nice classes that are relevant to the trademark. Most marks need 1 to 3 classes, but it is possible to get  protection in all of classes 1 through 45 of the Nice classification.


How do you get a trademark registration in Uruguay?

Trademark rights are granted in Uruguay to whoever first uses the mark within this territory. Although registration is not mandatory, in practice it appears to be necessary in order to clearly prove ownership and to prevent future conflicts in this regard. With registration you can act against infringement. If you want to register a trademark in Uruguay, you turn to the DNPI, the Uruguayan intellectual property agency. The use of the trademark is not a condition. The country is not a member of the Madrid Protocol, so registering a trademark in Uruguay is only possible at local (national) level for the time being.


What is a trademark search necessary?

If you want to register a brand name in Uruguay, it must be distinctive compared to other brands, just like in the rest of the world. Is your trademark too similar to an already existing brand, or is it even the same? Then your application will always be rejected. To reduce the chance of this, perform a trademark search before starting the application procedure to register your trademark in Uruguay. This is not mandatory, but is highly recommended based on practical experience.


What does the process to register a brand in Uruguay look like?

If you submit the necessary forms to the DNPI so that you can start the procedure to register your trademark in Uruguay, the office will first start with a formal assessment. This means that an investigation will be carried out to determine whether your application meets all the necessary requirements. This also includes paying the application fee. After an initial approval, your application for trademark protection will be published in the trade bulletin. At the same time, an opposition period of thirty calendar days starts during which third parties can object. The opposition period will not be extended under any circumstances.

After the opposition period has ended, the DNPI will continue with a substantive assessment. Among other things, the agency checks whether there are identical or very similar brands and whether your trademark complies with the legal provisions. If it is determined that there are no grounds for rejecting the trademark registration, you will receive a certificate that is valid for ten years. The certificate is proof that this trademark is owned by you and gives you the right to take action against infringement.


What is the best way to register a combined trademark in Uruguay?

If you overlook this step, a third party could be using one of these elements for its own commercial activities in the near or distant future. You can only object to this in one case, namely when the offer of that person or company is equal to or very similar to your product or service. You then submit your objection on the basis of confusing similarity. The success of such opposition varies.


How long is a trademark valid in Uruguay?

If you have successfully registered a brand name in Uruguay, it will be valid for ten years. Unlike many countries, the validity does not start on the application date, but on the actual registration date. You can request an extension of the trademark protection from six months before the end date of the current term. There is also a grace period of six months. Extensions also have a duration of ten years.


Cancellation actions

Cancellations can be filed against a trademark up to fifteen years from the registration date. These actions can be presented when it can be shown that a trademark has been registered in bad faith. For example, if a person registers a trademark that has previously been used by another for identical or similar goods or services. The time frame of fifteen years is also considerably longer than the period used in most other countries.


What are the requirements to apply for a trademark in Uruguay?

As a non-resident of Uruguay, you have the right to trademark the following:

  • symbols, figures, signs, letters, words, first names and mottos
  • sounds, notes, songs and chants
  • images, images in 3D format, graphics, diagrams and the like.

It goes without saying that the above elements may not conflict with the moral principles applicable in the country. If you want to register a brand in Uruguay, you also have to ensure that it is completely unique. If this is not the case, there is a strong risk of rejection due to a lack of distinctiveness.

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