WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO.

Trade Mark Law in force: 

Law 17.011 dated 25 September 1998

(Regulatory Decree 34/99 of 3 February 1999) 

Classification: 

Nice classification, 11th edition. 

Multiclass Applications: 

YES. 

Registrable trademarks: 

Words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, combinations of colors, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging, sound marks and any sign capable of distinguishing goods or services. 

Formal filing requirements: 

  • Power of Attorney merely signed (no legalization and no notarization required) within 30 days from the application date. Unextendable.
  • Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 90 days from the application date. Original copy required. Spanish translation must be signed by a local sworn translator.  

Examination: 

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES. 

Opposition period: 

30 days from publication date. 

Average time from filing to grant: 

Approximately 20-24 months, unless any obstacles were raised. 

Term of protection: 

10 years from the date of registration. 

Use requirements: 

YES. As of 1 January 2014 cancellation can be requested if a trade mark has not been used for 5 years, counting from the registration date. Cancellation actions due non-use are possible as of 1 January 2019. Partial cancellation is not possible. 

Renewal terms: 

6 months prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months. 

Link to Trade Mark Office: 

http://www.miem.gub.uy/