There have been several important developments at Venezuela’s Autonomous Intellectual Property Service (SAPI) in the last six months. Most recently, on January 29, 2015, the Official Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Number 40591, published Decision N° DM/005/2015, whereby Cristina Piña Sierralta was appointed as the new Director of SAPI’s Industrial Property Registry. On October 16, 2014, Number 40520 of the Official Gazette published Decision N° DM/N8 089-14, announcing that Miguel Ángel Velásquez Tineo was appointed as the new Register of the Industrial Property Registry.
On October 15, 2014, users, interested parties and the general public were notified via an Official Notice that the pricing of products and/or services provided by SAPI had been adjusted, effective the same date. The change was made under Article 3, paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Autonomous Intellectual Property Service Creation Decree (in Spanish, “Decreto de Creación del Servicio Autónomo de la Propiedad Intelectual-SAPI”), published in the Official Gazette, N° 36.192, March 25, 1997; and Article 6, paragraph f, of the Autonomous Intellectual Property Service’s Internal Regulations, published in Official Gazette N° 36.456, May 19, 1998.
Additionally, on August 19, 2014, SAPI established a “Taquilla Integral,” which is a central office where applicants can initiate proceedings at the Trademark Office. The Taquilla Integral will include processes and mechanisms designed to improve the response time of users and will be implemented in several phases.
The first phase involves the implementation of phonetic and graphic searches via email. This will allow users access to information, invoicing and recipient and storage services, so that they will not have to go to multiple offices to complete a transaction.
In addition to the traditional way of making bank deposits, the Autonomous Intellectual Property Service has implemented new payment options, such as bank transfers and point of sale debit card payments.
Also, the online help system, WEBPI, will offer a new option which will allow users to process their application and search a phonetic and/or graphic registration history from their home or office. In the case of phonetics, the user will first enter the data corresponding to the bank deposit and then complete a form requiring information about the trademark’s name and the class or classes the user wishes to search. In the case of graphics, the user will first enter the data corresponding to the bank deposit, load the image and then select the class or classes he or she wishes to search.
Once the information has been entered, the user will send the application, and an email confirming the transaction will be sent immediately. Later, in a period of time not greater than two days, the user will receive the result of the search via email.
These changes should help to improve efficiency for trademark applicants in Venezuela overall, particularly with respect to electronic search results. Prior to this development, it often took one month for users to receive trademark search reports.
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