Intellectual Property in Argentina

Overview by
National Organizations
The organization in charge of the protection of patents and trade marks in Argentina is the National Institute for Industrial Property (NIIP).
Argentina has signed the Paris Convention relative to the protection of designs and industrial models.

As Argentina is not a signatory to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), a company wishing to use a patent is obliged to make a direct request in Argentina within a maximum time limit of one year after the registration of the initial request.



The organization in charge of intellectual property is el Registro Nacional de la Propiedad Intelectual (the National Register of Intellectual Property). Other organizations are also involved in intellectual property: Ministry of Justice ; National Directorate of Royalties ; Argentine Society of Authors and Composers (SADAIC) ; General Society of Argentine Authors (Argentores) ; Argentine Association of Interpreters (AADI) ; Argentine Chamber of Producers ; Cámara Argentina de Editores de Música, CAEM (Argentine Chamber of Music Editors) for royalties. (in Spanish)

Regional Organizations
The Mercosur Standardization Association is working on cooperation between various institutes of its members to achieve harmonization within the Mercosur.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent Law 1966
Initial period of validity of 3 years. Extension, in the choice, of period in 20 years in the term of initial period. Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Marque Trademark Law (1980)
10 years renewable on condition of being marketed within 5 years of registration. Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Dessin Industrial Model And Design Law (1983)
5 years renewable once.  
Ley 11.723 (235), Propiedad intelectual
Valid for the entire life of the author and 30 years after his death. Berne convention
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Industrial Model And Design Law
5 years renewable once.  

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