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Intellectual property in Venezuela

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
Venezuela is a member of the Paris Convention (industrial property) and of the Berne Convention (authors copyrights). It is however very difficult to implement control in this country, to protect patents, trademarks, designs etc... It is therefore preferable to register these goods and services within the country. It should also be noted that the country is not a signatory to the Rome Convention (which deals with the protection of artists and interpreters). For more information, please consult the SAPI: Service Autonome de la Propriété Intellectuelle.
Regional Organisations
Venezuela is a member of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and a member of the WTO. For more information contact the Ministry of Justice.
 

National Regulation and International Agreements

 
Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent
 
Decision No. 486 of September 14, 2000 of the Commission of the Cartagena Agreement on the Common Provisions on Industrial Property
20 years
Trademark
 
Decision No. 486 of September 14, 2000 of the Commission of the Cartagena Agreement on the Common Provisions on Industrial Property
 
10 years, renewable for consecutive periods of 10 years
Design
 
Industrial Designs .
10 years  
Copyright
 
Decision n° 351 of September 17, 1993 of the Commission of the Cartagena Agreement on the Common Provisions on Industrial Property
 
Protection extends to 50 years following the author's death WIPO Copyright Treaty
Industrial Models
 
Industrial Designs .
5 to 10 years  

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