Reduction In The Number Of Office Actions During Patent Examination

Author:Ms Marta García
Profession:Moeller IP Advisors

On October 26, 2018, the Uruguayan PTO published Official Notice 5/2018 which establishes a maximum number of two office actions issued during the substantive examination of patent applications and utility models.

This Official Notice, which will enter into force on November 1, 2018, revokes previous Notice 11/2015, which stated that the Patent Office could issue a maximum of three office actions during the examination of patent, utility models and industrial design applications.

Regarding the terms to file a response to the office actions issued during the examination of patent and utility model applications, Notice 5/2018 further establishes that:

- The term to respond to an office action issued during substantive examination will be of 45 days, which can be extended once for an additional 45-day term.


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