We would like to inform you that the Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office (VPTO) has started a process to speed up decisions over trademark oppositions.
The VPTO has notified to the interested parties, in the Extraordinary Gazette Official No. 566 dated September 8, 2016, that they must ratify in writing their interest in continuing pending opposition procedures.
If you are interested in filing an ratification writs on behalf of opposing parties we can help you with this procedure, as well as to keep track of ratification over oppositions filed by third parties against our clients applications.
Please let us know as soon as possible since the ratification writs must be submitted up to November 14, 2016.
The opposition to the grant of a trademark application may be filed by the owner of previously registered trademark or of a well-known trademark or by any other owner of previously registered intellectual property rights.
Please remember that the opponent has to prove that there are valid grounds as to why the trademark applicant is not entitled under law to register or to continue holding the mark.
In case of not filing a ratification, the VPTO will consider that the opponents have no interest in continuing with the oppositions and will proceed in consequence to declare the lapsing of the opposition considering them as abandoned, and as result, trademark applications will continue their regular registration procedure.
This update notice issued by the VPTO is a great news for the Intellectual Property industry and clients, since the IP office from Venezuela has tons of pending procedures and it's nearly impossible
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