Patents and Utility Models are governed by Law 24,572, which states that any human creation that allows the transformation of matter or energy for its use by man, is to be considered an invention.
Patent Inventions of products or procedures may be patented as long as they are new, involve an inventive step, and are capable of industrial application.
Patents are registered before the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI/PTO). The registration process takes from three to four years approximately. Once the patent is granted, a property title is issued on behalf of the applicant, granting him the protection of his invention for twenty years, counted from the application filing date.
Patent registration consists in a property right that grants its owner the exclusive use of his invention and the possibility of preventing third parties from using it, hence the importance of obtaining its registration.
Utility models consist of any new arrangement or shape introduced into known tools, work instruments, utensils, devices or objects, as long as they imply a better use in the function to which they are destined.
Once its registration has been obtained, it confers to the owner the exclusive right of exploitation for a non-extendable period of ten years , counted from the application date.
Conducting patent searches and reports to analyze the patentability of the invention.
Carrying out all the administrative procedures until the granting of the patent or utility model, analyzing and replying objections, and the filing of administrative and/or judicial appeals.
Paying patent annuities.
Legal audit or due diligence tasks, as well as giving advice and drafting of patent licensing agreements.
Legal defense of patents and utility models.