The new decree, which implements provisions of the Trademark Law Treaty (TLT), contains, among other things, the following provisions:
- Apart from the renunciation of rights, no party may require the attestation, authentication, legalisation or other certification of any signatures in documents filed with the Trade Mark Office.
- It is no longer necessary for an applicant to prove its legal existence and representation.
- Powers of attorney no longer need be notarised -- and they can refer to one or more proceedings.
- Applicants can now file multi-class applications.
Official rules for implementing these provisions are currently being prepared.
Source: Margarita Castellanos (Castellanos & Co, Bogota), writing for World Trademark Review