May 15, 2023
Patent registration is a crucial process for any company seeking to protect its innovations and achieve a competitive advantage in the market. In Colombia, patent registration is a legally required practice in order to enjoy exclusive industrial property rights over an invention or creation.
Recent data from the Superintendent of Commerce and Industry, a total of 3,032 patents were registered in Colombia in 2022, highlighting the growing importance of intellectual property protection in the country.
In this blog, we will solve the frequently asked questions about patent registration in Colombia. Here at AGT Attorneys, we have a team of lawyers specialized in the process registration of patents in Colombia. If you or your company are seeking legal advice regarding this matter, do not hesitate to contact us by filling this Contact Form or through our WhatsApp number +57 3105706331.
A patent registration is a property right granted by the Colombian State as a property title of new creations and procedures, which allows generating profits around that invention for 20 years in Colombia, when you acquire this document. To get a patent, you need to file a patent application and provide technical information about the invention.
The main benefit is the protection of that invention, excluding all the competitors in making, distributing, selling, using or importing a similar or equal invention. Owners of a patent are given the complete disclosure of such invention to be used by them or by anyone in the terms established under the protection.
Protection in Colombia lasts 20 years (non-extendable) for patents, 10 years for industrial designs, and 20 or 15 years for new plant varieties, depending on the species.
The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) is responsible for monitoring and protecting the free economic competition in Colombia. It is the local and Trademark and Patent Office in Colombia.
Patents are capable of being awarded for innovations in all technological domains, ranging from commonplace kitchen utensils to nanotechnology chips. An innovation could either be a product, such as a chemical compound, or a process of manufacturing a particular chemical compound. In reality, numerous products comprise multiple innovations that operate collectively. For instance, a laptop computer might require hundreds of innovations to work together.
It is important to bear in mind that through Intellectual Property (IP) other creations of the mind can be registered and protected but under other legal categories. This IP protections are trademarks and copyrights, which protect products such as signs and literary works, respectively.
If you or your company need to Intellectual Property protection over creative products, do not hesitate to contact us. Whether it is a song or a program, the legal advice of an experienced attorney will be fundamental.
Here at AGT Attorneys, we have an experienced team of lawyers specialized in patent registration in Colombia. We also handle trademark registration and any process related to Intellectual Property Law needed to safeguard your creations. Do not hesitate to contact us by filling this Contact Form or through our WhatsApp number +57 3105706331.
In regard to the minimum filling requirements in Colombia, the request to grant a patent should include the applicants and investors details such as the following information: complete name, Identification Card, address, nationality, email, among others.
All the documentation must be in Spanish and the signed documents must be apostilled. The approximate time from application to granting (for a prosecution without an opposition) is from 3 to 5 years. Due to the fact that the official language to request a patent in Colombia is Spanish, the proceedings must be in this language, hence it is not possible to file an application under any other language.
AGT Attorneys is a law firm in Colombia with experts in patent registration and other corporate law matters. Our patent lawyers are able to assess all the needs that your business model may have and help you to create a legal plan in order to guarantee all the process of due diligence of the patent registration in Colombia.
Registering a patent in Colombia can be a complex and lengthy process, but it is crucial to protect your intellectual property. By seeking the guidance of a law firm that specializes in intellectual property, such as AGT Attorneys, you can ensure that your patent registration process is smooth and successful. AGT Attorneys has a team of experts who can guide you through the process, handling any legal issues that may arise along the way. Don't let your inventions go unprotected.
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