Chile’s regulation and procedures for protecting intellectual property, including:
Chile has a number of institutions with powers related to intellectual property. The most important is the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), which is responsible for patents on inventions, utility models, and commercial and collective trademarks, and certification of geographical indications and denominations of origin.
Registering a Trademark
The protection obtained by registering a trademark is country-specific - or, in other words,
covers only Chile - and temporary, lasting for ten years. It can, however, be renewed indefinitely for further periods of ten years on payment of the corresponding fee.
The procedure for registering a trademark, denomination of origin, or geographical indication comprises the following stages: Application for registration; Formal examination; and Definitive resolution.
Registering a Patent
Applications to register a patent for inventions, utility models, industrial designs or
drawings, layout designs or topographies of integrated circuits can be presented
in person or online. The procedure comprises the following stages: Application forms; Preliminary examination; Objections; Expert examination; Resolution and definitive
acceptance; Payment of official fee and proof of payment; Certificate; and duration of the patent.
In Chile, copyright and other related rights are regulated by Law 17.336 on Intellectual
Property. The state system for registering these rights is managed by the Intellectual
Rights Department of the Directorate of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM). Registration can be carried out in person, online or by post.
Registering a website in the .cl domain
NIC Chile, an organization that forms part of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical
Sciences of the University of Chile, is responsible for the registration of websites in the .cl domain. Applications for registration of websites in the .cl domain can be filed by natural persons and public or private legal entities domiciled in Chile or overseas.
What are Chile's procedures for the protection of intellectual property?
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