The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office (VPTO) has informed of a process to speed up decisions over trademark oppositions.

The VPTO has notified to the interested parties, in the Extraordinary Gazette Official No. 566 dated September 8, 2016, that they must ratify in writting their interest in continuing pending opposition procedures.

The ratification writs must be submitted up to November 14, 2016.

In case of not filing a ratification writ, the VPTO will consider that the opponents have no interest in continuing oppositions and will proceed in consequence to declare the lapsing of the opposition considering them as abandoned, and as result, trademark applications will continue their regular registration procedure.