Contracting Party of the Madrid System: YES.
Trade Mark Law in force:
Decree Law 203/2000 of 1999.
Nice classification, 11th edition.
Signs, words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, holograms, colors, combinations or shades of colors, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging.
Formal filing requirements:
Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.
Relative grounds for refusal: YES.
60 days from the publication date. Extendable term.
Average time from filing to grant:
Approximately 18 months, unless any obstacles were raised.
Currently, there is a delay of more than 2 years, due to a significant backlog at the TM Office.
Term of protection:
10 years from the date of application.
YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for 3 years, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible.
6 months prior to renewal date.
Grace period: 6 months.