A trademark is a distinctive sign, symbol or expression used to identify the products or services of a company from those of another. It guarantees the genuineness of the product of service, and gives its holder the legal rights to avoid their trademark’s unauthorized use.

  • It is the only way of obtaining rights to the trademark.
  • It provides national and/or local protection.
  • It allows to demonstrate ownership of the trademark.
  • It helps to discourage other people from using the trademark unlawfully.
  • Trademarks allow your business to effectively utilize the social media and make your customers find you easily.
  • If anyone uses your registered trademark, he/she will be presumed to be a willful infringer, and registering a trademark confers the ability to recover monetary damages as a result of the infringement.
  • If you do not register your trademark and someone else registers a trademark very similar to yours, you will have to change its name and spend a lot of money changing advertising. It’s also possible that you lose customers.
  • Words
  • Names
  • Devices
  • Certain three-dimensional shapes
  • Colors (defined by a shape)
  • Slogans
  • Sounds
  • Trade dress/get-up
  • No cases connected with smells, holograms, motion, taste or touch yet.

Trademark protection in Venezuela lasts 15 years from the registration date and can be renewed for periods of 15 years. A renewal application must be filed within six months before expiration date.

The approximate time from application to registration (for a prosecution without an opposition) is 12 to 14 months.

An application is published for opposition purposes after formal examination of the application. The opposition period begins the date on which the application is published in the official bulletin and ends 30 working days after the trademark is published.

  • Name and address of the applicant.
  • State or country of incorporation.
  • Trademark description.
  • Trademark specimen
  • List of goods or services provided.
  • Trademark representation.
  • Power of attorney
  • Official filing fee.
  • Compulsory search issued by the PTO.
  • Joint applicants are permitted in Venezuela.
  • Actual use or intent to use are not required for application.
  • Local address for service does not need to be provided if the applicant is not domiciled in this jurisdiction.
  • The list of goods and services may specify “all the goods” or “all the services” of the relevant class(es), the relevant class heading and the relevant local subclass and/or subgroup.
  • In Venezuela, the type of registration available is national.
  • All documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator. However, the translation can also be certified in Venezuela.
  • All signed documents must be apostilled.
  • Venezuela uses the Nice Classification System.
  • Venezuela is a member of the Paris Convention and the Nice Agreement.
  • Venezuela is not a party to either the Madrid Agreement or the Madrid Protocol and may not be designated in international applications.
  • European Union Trade Mark registration is not effective in Venezuela.
  • Multinational regional registrations are not available in Venezuela.
  • Applications cannot be filed online.
  • The official file can be accessed online.
If your trademark has been successfully registered and it is time for you to renew it, you can start the procedure six months before the expiration date. In Venezuela there is no grace period for trademark renewal.

If you do not renew on time, you will need to file a complete new application.

No proof of use is required for renewal. Once renewed, it will be valid for another period starting from the previous expiration date.

Trademark renewal requirements:

  • Name and address of the applicant.
  • Trademark description.
  • List of goods or services provided.
  • Power of Attorney.
  • Trademark registration number.
  • Trademark registration certificate.

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