WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES

Contracting Party of the Patent CooperationTreaty (PCT): NO. 

Patent Law in force: 

Patent Law 24481 (as amended by Law 27444 and regulatory resolutions). 

Formal filing requirements: 

  • Power of Attorney: Duly notarized and legalized up to Apostille. In case that same is not submitted on filing, there is a term of 40 working-days from filing in which to file the same with the Patent Office. No extension of term is available.
  • Assignment document from the inventors: Merely signed, Not required if priority’s applicant is the same. In case that same is not submitted on filing - must be submitted within 90-day term from filing. No extension of time is possible.
  • Digital copy of certified copy of priority application (including sworn translation thereof): In case the Priority Document is not submitted on filing it can be submitted within the subsequent 90 days as from the filing date If it is not filed in the aforementioned term, it can be requested by the Examiner on the substantive examination stage. BUT: filing the sworn translation of the priority document MUST be filed within the subsequent 90 days as from the filing date. DAS IS AVAILABLE.  

 

Filing of the patent application in a foreign language: 

Accepted. Late submission of the Spanish translation is possible within 10-working days. It must be a sworn translation by a registered local translator.  

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant: 

YES, within 18 months from filing date. 

Observations by third parties: 

YES, within 60-working days from publication. 

Opposition: 

YES, within 60-working days from publication. 

Average time from filing to grant: 

6 years. Acceleration prosecution available (Rule 56)  

Term of protection for patents: 

20 years from filing date. 

Term of protection for utility models: 

Maintenance: 

Yearly after grant. 

Compulsory licensing: 

YES 

Link to Patent Office: 

http://www.inpi.gov.ar/