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Bolivia (BO)

Jul 27, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 10/22)
Guidelines on Examination of 3D Marks Issued
On 13 May 2022, the Court of Justice of the Andean Community published Interpretation No. 81-IP-2020 on the examination of 3D marks. The new guidelines clarify that 3D marks may consist only of shapes or be a combination of shapes and additional elements and describe the different elements that the Andean Community’s IP Offices (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) must consider when examining these marks. These guidelines are important as they recognize the protection of 3D marks and harmonize how IP offices of the Andean Community examine these applications.

For more information and examples, please click here

Source: Bermeo & Bermeo Law Firm, Ecuador, see INTA Bulletin of 22 June 2022

May 22, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 10/18)
Apostille Convention into Force Now
On May 7, 2018, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Bolivia. Bolivia had acceded to the Apostille Convention on September 6, 2017. The Apostille Convention currently has 115 Contracting Parties.


Oct 24, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 18/17)
Accession to Hague Apostille Convention
On September 6, 2017, Bolivia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention).

The Apostille Convention will enter into force for Bolivia on May 7, 2018.


Jul 28, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 12/15)
New Regulations on IP internal Procedures
The Bolivian PTO (SENAPI) launched a new version of its regulations on intellectual property internal regulations, which is in force since July 1, 2015.

SENAPI identified some legal vacuums and dispositions contrary to the Decision 486 which establishes the common IP regime for Andean Community members and the Administrative Procedure Law in the former regulations of February 11, 2008.

The new regulations aim to complete and correct the deficiencies found in the former regulations by including definitions, concepts and requirements established in the jurisprudence of the Andean Court of Justice.

Therefore, aspects that were not previously regulated related to trademarks (i.e. oppositions, cancellations, nullity actions, as well as collective, certification and well-known trademarks), patents (i.e. amendments, divisional applications, oppositions, nullity actions, compulsory licenses, and expiration date), utility models, industrial designs, layout-designs of integrated circuits, geographic indications and denominations of origin, are now regulated in the current document.

To access the new regulations on IP internal procedures here (only in Spanish available).

Source: Moeller IP Advisors, Argentina;

Jul 01, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 10/13)
Official Publication Fees Increased
As of June 3, 2013, Ministerial Resolution No. 159/2013 established the increase of the official publication fees for Intellectual Property matters.

The new publication fees are established as follows:
Copyright USD 8.00 (previous fee USD 3.00)
Trademarks (word or device) USD 30.00 (previous fee USD 15.00 for word marks and USD 20.00 for device marks)
Patents USD 30.00 (previous fee USD 20.00)

With this increase the new official filing, publication and registration fees for trademarks are of USD 260.00.

Source: Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., Bolivia

Apr 04, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 9/10)
Official Fee Reduction for Second-Level Domains
NIC Bolivia has announced that as of April 1, 2010, second level ".BO" domain names prices charged to registrars were slashed by almost 35 per cent. No price change has been announced for third level (e.g.: domain names.


Feb 18, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 7/10)
Substantial Increase of Official Fees
The trademark fees from filing to registration have increased from USD 50.00 (approx. EUR 36.00) to USD 225.00 (approx. EUR 164.00).

Source: Moeller IP Advisors, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Legal basis is the Trademark Act of 1918 and the Andean Pact Decision, latest in force Decision 486 of December, 2000.
Bolivia is a member of the Andean Pact. According to the Andean Pact Decision agreement, there are common rules in trademark law in all member states of the Andean Pact (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 12th edition
For purposes of this system, any sign that is capable of distinguishing goods and services on the market shall constitute a trademark. Signs that are capable of graphic representation shall be eligible for registration as trademarks. The nature of the goods or services to which a trademark is to be applied shall in no case form an obstacle to the registration of the trademark.
The following signs, among others, shall be capable of constituting a trademark:
a) words or a combination of words;
b) pictures, figures, symbols, graphic elements, logotypes, monograms, portraits, labels, and emblems;
c) sounds and smells;
d) letters and numbers;
e) a colour demarcated to give it a specific shape, or a combination of colours;
f) the shape of a product its packaging or wrappings;
g) any combination of the signs or means indicated in the items above.

The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks (goods and services), collective marks, certification marks and trade names, commercial slogan, commercial name and commercial label
Applications are filed at the Bolivian Intellectual Property Office, which comprises the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Offices.
A separate application has to be filed for each class, there is no multi-class system of the application.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
Please note that Bolivia is part of the Apostille Convention, so the documents must be apostilled. If there is no Apostille, the documents must be legalized by the Bolivian Consulate.
A Power of Attorney is necessary. The PoA needs to follow local notarization proceedings (extra fees apply).
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a final formal examination made by the PTO that considers also prior rights. The application process also includes a third party opposition period of 30 working days after publication.
The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 8-12 months as minimum. The first Office action may take place as soon as 2 weeks after application if the application is not complete and may request the completion of such an application, providing a 60 working day deadline for this purpose.
The trademark application is published approximately 2-3 months after the application date.
The opposition period is 30 working days from publication (i.e. aprox. 6 weeks). Oppositions are also possible by owners of trademarks in other member states of the Andean Community, if they simultaneously apply for registration of the protected TM in Bolivia.
Protection begins with the date of registration. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of registration. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here
Practical details on trademark use requirements are available in our publication here
The official fees for trademark application is BOB 1,000 for one class and BOB 1,000 for each additional class. The registration fee is BOB 500 and publication fee is BOB 510. All fees have to be paid at time of application, including registration and publication fees. If the trademark is not granted, the registration fee is NOT reimbursed by the Intellectual Property Office.

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Practical details on trademark licensing are available in our publication here
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More in-depth details are available for the following aspects:

     General Trademark Regulations
     Trademark Use Requirements
     Grace Period for Trademark Renewal
     Trademark Licensing

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SMD Group thanks the following law firms for their assictance in updating the information provided.

May 03, 2023
Escobar & Escobar, La Paz, Bolivia

Shimojyo Abogados

25 Munoz Reyes, Cota Cota
1194 La Paz
Bolivia (BO)

Landivar & Landivar

Av. Arce No 2618, edif. Columbia, piso 8, of.802
La Paz
Bolivia (BO)

Escobar & Escobar

Calle 16 # 1316, Santiago Segundo, El Alto
P.O. Box 1789 La Paz
Bolivia (BO)

DAK Intellectual Property Bolivia

Av. Ballivián 1578, Calacoto
Torre Cesur, Piso 5 La Paz
Bolivia (BO)

Servicio Nacional de Propriedad Intelectual (SENAPI)
Oficina central - La Paz
Av. Montes, No 515
entre Av. Uruguay y C. Batallón Illimani
Tel +591 211 57 00 or 591 211 92 76 or 591 2119251
Fax +591 211 57 00