COUNTRY : REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA
CAPITAL : BOGOTA DC
LANGUAGE : SPANISH
MEMBER : PCT, WIPO, BERNE CONVENTION, MADRID PROTOCOL, ANDEAN COMMUNITY
PROTECTION OF TRADEMARKS IN COLOMBIA:
There are 2 ways to apply for a trademark:
1. NATIONAL REGISTRATIONS : Direct Filing with National Trademark Office.
Please refer our Treaties section on International Protection under Madrid System.
Therefore, to obtain protection in Colombia, there are two options from which the applicant can choose:
It is highly advisable to conduct a search of the proposed mark to ensure that a similar mark has not been applied for by other contenders and is not pending registration or is already registered.
Filing is done with the Trademark office of Colombia.
• Infringement & Opposition Actions
• License and Assignment procedures
• Trademark Watch Services
Once the trademark application is filed with the IP office, it is assessed to confirm that it meets the requirements of registration as per the trademarks act.
Once the trademark application is accepted for registration, the details of the application will be advertised in the official Journal of Trademarks.
If there is no opposition to the trademark application, or the opposition is unsuccessful, the applicant’s trademark will be registered and Certificate of registration is issued.
Pre-Registration: There is no advantage in using the marks before registration, as rights are acquired only through registration.