WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES

Contracting Party of the Patent Cooperation

Treaty (PCT): NO 

Patent Law in force: 

Decision 486 – Andean Community (Cartagena Agreement Dec 1, 2000) 

Types of protection available: 

Patent of Invention; Utility Model, layout of integrated circuits, industrial secrets 

Formal filing requirements: 

  • Power of Attorney Duly notarized and apostilled within 2 months from office action, deadline may be extended once for the same period. Additional local legalization may apply.
  • Assignment document from the inventors: Duly notarized and apostilled, within 2 months office action, deadline may be extended once for the same period.
  • Certified copy of priority application and translation within 16 months from priority date. 

Filing of the patent application in a foreign language: 

Possible. Late submission of the Spanish translation is possible within the deadline to submit the priority document. (16 months from priority date)  

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant: 

YES, within 6 months from publication. 

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: 

5-6 years 

Term of protection for patents: 

20 years from filing date. 

Term of protection for utility models: 

10 years from filing date. 

Maintenance: 

Maintenance: During prosecution: yearly on anniversary date of filing 

Compulsory licensing: 

YES 

Link to Patent Office: 

http://www.senapi.gob.bo/