WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO. 

Trade Mark Law in force: 

Law 380 of Trade Marks and other Distinctive Signs of 2000, amended by Law No. 1024 on 3 April 2020. 

Classification: 

Nice classification, 10th edition. 

Multiclass Applications: 

YES. 

Registrable trademarks: 

Words or a group of words, advertising slogans and phrases, letters, numbers, monograms, shapes, portraits, labels, coats of arms, designs, cartoons, borders, lines and stripes, and combinations and arrangements of colors, sounds or other perceptible signs such as smells. 

Formal filing requirements: 

  • Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized within 2 months from the application date. Original copy is required. Possible extension of term.
  • Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 3 months from the application date. 

Examination: 

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES. 

Opposition period: 

30 Working days from publication, with the option to extend it once, for 15 additional working days. The extension must be requested before the original 30- day period expires. 

Average time from filing to grant: 

Approximately 10 months, unless any obstacles were raised. 

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 3 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.mific.gob.ni/