WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO. 

Trade Mark Law in force: 

Trade Mark Act of 6 June 2002. 

Classification: 

Nice classification, 11th edition. 

Multiclass Applications: 

YES. 

Registrable trademarks: 

All distinctive and graphically representable signs, words, names, acronyms, letters, colors, numbers (letters, colors and numbers cannot be registered if they are filed individually), devices, emblems, combinations or shades of colors, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging, sounds and smells. 

Formal filing requirements: 

Power of Attorney notarized and legalized within 4 months from the filing date. Unextendable.

Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 3 months from the filing date. Unextendable.  

Examination: 

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES. 

Opposition period: 

2 months from the first publication. 

Average time from filing to grant: 

Approximately 9 months, unless any obstacles were raised. Certificate of registration only in paper.  

Term of protection: 

10 years from the date of registration. 

Use requirements: 

YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for 5 years, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible. 

Renewal terms: 

1 year prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months. 

Link to Trade Mark Office: 

http://www.cnr.gob.sv/