Every new idea that allows the practical resolution of a definite problem in the field of industry can be patented. It must have industrial applicability, innovative features and originality. The term patent usually refers to an exclusive right granted to anyone who invents any new, useful, and non-obvious process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, and claims that right in a formal patent application.
The holder of a patent entitlement has the right to keep others from using the invention without permission from the owner. Patents can be made in several countries, as long as they are made within the year of the first patent.
We offer technical and legal expertise, coupled with convenient access to the extensive legal and government resources in Argentina.
The term of protection available is 20 years, with no renewals.
A utility model is a statutory monopoly granted for a limited time in exchange for an inventor providing sufficient teaching of his or her invention to permit a person of ordinary skill in the relevant art to perform the invention. The rights conferred by utility model laws are very similar to those granted by patent laws, with the difference that the utility model gives to an existing product a new use and function that isn’t obvious. This can be extended to other countries, as long as it is requested within a year of the registration.
The term of protection available is 10 years, with no renewals.
Industrial Designs and Models
The protection offered to this type of products relates to the art applied to the industry as well as the new and original form and shape given to an existing product. This new shape can enhance the function of the product or just be ornamental. However, they can also affect technical aspects through usability design and form relationships. The designs have to be original and new. Designs are two-dimensional and models are three-dimensional. The creator has the right to exploit and use his creation.
The term of protection available is 5 years since presentation, and can be extended twice for the same period of time.
ETERRA offers the following services:
- International Patentability, Product Clearance, and Patent Validity Searches
- Patentability Opinions
- Product and Model Clearance Opinions
- Infringement Opinions
- Patent Validity Opinions
- Design Around Opinions
- Patent Licensing Opinions
- Merger & Acquisition Patent Portfolio Opinions
- Patent Licenses
- Patent Proceedings including Interferences, Protests, Reexaminations, Reissues and Petitions
- Prosecution and Defense of Claims of Patent
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