WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO. 

Trade Mark Law in force: 

1956 Industrial Property Law. 


Nice classification, 11th edition 

Multiclass Applications: 


Registrable trademarks: 

Any distinctive signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers and devices. 

Formal filing requirements: 

  • Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized by the Apostille within 30 days from the official request. Extendable.
  • Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 3 months from filing date.The translation of the priority application must be signed by a local sworn translator. 


Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES. 

Opposition period: 

30 days from publication date.

If the applicant fails to reply to an opposition filed within the legal term, the application will be considered abandoned. 

Average time from filing to grant: 

Approximately 15 months, unless any obstacles were raised. 

Term of protection: 

15 years from the date of registration for trademarks granted on or after 17 September 2008. 

Use requirements: 

YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for 2 years, counting from the registration date. However, as the burden of proof of non-use rests on the applicant of the cancellation request, in practice it is extremely difficult to obtain the cancellation of a trademark. 

Renewal terms: 

6 months prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months. 

Link to Trade Mark Office: