WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): NO.

Patent Law in force: 

Patent Law of 1955 

Types of protection available: 

Patent of Invention 

First filing requirements with the local Patent Office for inventions made by nationals: 

NO 

Formal filing requirements: 

  • Power of Attorney duly notarised and legalised within 30 days from office action. Extension of term available.
  • Assignment document from the inventors duly notarised and legalised within 30 days from office action. Extension of term available.
  • Certified copy of priority application within 30 days from office action. The translation of the priority application must be signed by a local sworn translator. Extension of term available.  

Filing of the patent application in a foreign language: 

NOT possible. 

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant: 

NO 

Search report must be requested by the applicant: 

NO 

Observations by third parties: 

YES, within 30 days from publication 

Opposition: 

YES, within 30 days from publication 

Average time from filing to grant: 

10-12 years 

Term of protection for patents: 

10 years from grant date. 

Term of protection for utility models: 

10 years from grant date. 

Differences between utility model and patent: 

Directed to the improvement of a protected invention. 

Maintenance: 

Yearly after grant. 

Marking of the product with the application/ patent number: 

NOT mandatory. 

Compulsory licensing: 

Yes. 

Link to Patent Office: 

http://www.sapi.gob.ve/