WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of The Hague System: NO. 

Applicable Law: 

Law 354, on Patents, Utility Models and Industrial Designs. TRIPS. 

Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure: 

1 year. 

Multiple design applications -one application for different embodiments-available: 

YES, provided that all embodiments refer to products included in the same Locarno class. 

Formal filing requirements: 

Power of Attorney. Notarized + Apostilled. 60 days from Office Action.  

Assignment document. Notarized + Apostilled. 60 days from Office Action  

Certified copy of the priority document (if applicable): 90 days from Office Action.  

3 graphic or photographic reproductions of the design (if two-dimensional, the reproduction may be replaced by a sample of the product incorporating the design).

Locarno classification: 


Deferred publication: 

YES, by request of the applicant, any time prior to the publication order. The Office will defer publication for the time specified in the request, which may not exceed 12 months from the filing date of the application. 

Registration Proceeding Outline: 

Filing. Formal examination. Publication. Opposition. Substantive examination. Grant.  Certificate of registration. 


NO. Third parties –or even the applicant- may, at any time before a final decision is issued, file comments and documents that may be relevant to the case. The Office then notifies the applicant thereof and issues a decision within a 2-months term from the date on which the comments and documents were notified to the applicant -except if the applicant is filing the comments and documents or requests that proceedings are resumed, before that period expires-. The filing of comments does entail the stay of proceedings. Such comments do not give rise to litigation either, and the one who files them does not become party in the procedure.

Average time from filing to grant: 

8-12 months. 

Term of Protection and Maintenance: 

5 years, plus 2 renewal terms of 5 years each.