Thursday, 5 January 2012

Colombia: lost in translation?

The Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce informed that even though the (10th) tenth edition of the Nice Classification shall start being applied on the 1st January 2012, Colombia will not be applying it. The reason being, according to the Superintendence, there does not exist yet an official translation to Spanish language of the (10th) edition at WIPO. However, the statement follows: once this happens [the translation] the Superintendence will inform in its webpage and will instruct from when applications to register trade marks will start to be filed with the new edition.

A decade ago: [Oh dear! I sound old now]
In 2002 the same situation happened but with a different outcome. At that time the Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce informed in its External Circular Letter No 1 of 2002 the application of the Eight (8th) edition of the Nice Classification albeit there was not an official Spanish translation! In its Circular, at numeral 2, it explained that the Superintendence was going to use the translation provided by the Patent and Trade Mark Office of Spain. Does anybody know the reasons why this time they are not going to practice this strategy?

By the way, happy New Year everyone!!

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