Monday, 24 June 2013
I do have some queries regarding this issue:
1. - Does this data i.e. 5.6 month reflect just these cases? Or is this the overall processing time outside the Mobile SIC innovative programme?
2. – In Covarrubia: 'The Madrid Protocol in Latin America: Is Colombia changing business strategies or acting as a guinea pig?' (EIPR, 2013 (35(1))) the research in this matter reveals that it may take approximately eight months to register a trade mark IF NO OPPOSITION IS FILED – but if so, the period may increase to up to two years. Thus, when Mr Robledo noted that the time has been reduced from 2 years to 5.6 months, I wonder if those two years are counting a possible opposition and the 5.6 months are normal proceeding with no opposition. If so, then the information should read from 8 months to 5.6 months, don’t you think?
Anyway apart from these enquiry I must say that there has been an improvement in the examination procedure making a speedy examination trade mark system(regardless of the answer to 1 & 2). This progress may have something to do with Colombia been a party to the Madrid Protocol. Colombia was in need to accommodate its trade mark system as to reflect an 18-month period. The Protocol has a strict policy regarding time and establishes that if the national trade mark office does not notify a decision to the applicant in that period of time the application is considered granted, following the principle of “no news is good news”.