Business brief 2012: Venezuela


Emilia Díaz-Guijarro and Maria Nebreda

To obtain protection over an invention our Industrial Property Law provides that an application should be submitted before the Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).


How do you register or secure patent rights, and is national or international coverage most appropriate?

In Venezuela, in order to the patentable, the subject matter must meet the principle of novelty; there are, however, some exceptions to this requirement, such as inventions, improvements or industrial models or designs that, having been patented abroad, have not been divulged, patented or executed in Venezuela, and are not in the public domain.