/ Venezuela: doubts regarding the renewal and validity of trademark registrations are cleared up5 March, 2018
All trademarks granted after September 17, 2008 are understood to be granted for a period of 15 years.
After Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) in 2006, the Autonomous Service of Intellectual Property (SAPI), published an official notice on November 5, 2008, declaring the reinstatement of the Venezuelan Industrial Property Law (1956), in replacement of the Decision 486 CAN, which states -among other things- that the registration of trademarks in this country is granted for a term of 15 years, rather than 10 years, as established in the Decision 486 CAN.
On February 20, 2018, SAPI published a new official announcement, expressly declaring that all trademarks granted after September 17, 2008 are understood to be granted for a period of 15 years, thus expiring in 2023 and with the possibility of being renewed within 6 months prior to the expiration date of the registration. With this notice, the SAPI has clarified the doubts about when the new trademark registration period was back in force in Venezuela.
To learn more about the full content of this official SAPI notice, follow this link: http://sapi.gob.ve/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Aviso-Oficial-Renovacion-y-Vigencia-de-los-Registros-Marcarios.pdf.