Thursday, 19 June 2014

Argentina gets a bit more paperless

Argentina is making an impact on more than just the FIFA World Cup. IP Tango learns that the Argentine Trade Mark Office has now adopted the use of electronic certificates of registration and renewal. The implementation of electronic certificates was approved by Resolution 341/2013 and the new system became fully operative in November 2013.  This is all part of a master plan to shift to a paperless environment and reduce the current significant backlog in the issuance of certificates of registration.

Argentina's Trade Mark Office might be going paperless,
but its football supporters are still some way behind ...
What this means in practice is that all certificates of trade mark registration and renewal issued after 3 September 2013 have been issued electronically and sent by email to the person for whom contact information has been given.  However, as for design trade marks that have not been uploaded to the Trade Mark Office database, the Office will continue to issue hard copies.

Source: "Certificates of Trademark Registration and Renewal Now Issued Electronically", published in the INTA Bulletin, 15 June 2014, Vol. 69, No. 11 (information contributed by Juan M. López Mañán, of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires, and verified by Diego Laurini, of Estudio Gold, Buenos Aires)

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