WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: YES. 

Trade Mark Law in force: 

Decree Law 203/2000 of 1999. 

Classification: 

Nice classification, 11th edition. 

Multiclass Applications: 

YES. 

Registrable trademarks: 

Signs, words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, holograms, colors, combinations or shades of colors, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging. 

Formal filing requirements: 

  • Power of Attorney merely signed (no legalization and no notarization required), within 60 days from the filing date. Unextendable.
  • Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish, within 3 months from the filing date. Original copy is required.  

Examination: 

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES. 

Opposition period: 

60 days from the publication date. Extendable term.  

Average time from filing to grant: 

Approximately 18 months, unless any obstacles were raised.

Currently, there is a delay of more than 2 years, due to a significant backlog at the TM Office. 

Term of protection: 

10 years from the date of application. 

Use requirements: 

YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for 3 years, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible. 

Renewal terms: 

6 months prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months. 

Link to Trade Mark Office: 

http://www.ocpi.cu/