November 15, 2019
Argentina: Resolution No. 288/2019 of October 21, 2019, of the National Institute of Industrial Property-INPI entered into force on November 15, 2019, to simplify trademark application procedures and optimize INPI resources.
The Resolution, inter alia:
(i) provides for the implementation of the international classification tool “TMClass”, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) harmonized database; and
(ii) establishes supplementary provisions to Resolution No. 123/2019 of May 23, 2019, of INPI, which regulates Decree No. 242/2019 of April 1, 2019, on Approval of the Regulation of Law No. 22.362 of December 26, 1980, on Trademarks and Designations that:
(a) mandate trademark applicants to detail the distinguishable characteristics of products and services in applications filed via the international trademark classification system (Nice Agreement), and preclude the use of the term “whole class”; and
(b) require the completion of forms for trademark applications, trademark renewals and oppositions electronically through the INPI web portal (https://www.argentina.gob.ar/inpi).