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The Annuity Payment System In Mexico

Author:Mr Amalia Bagües
Profession:Becerril Coca & Becerril
 
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In accordance with the Mexican

Patent and Trademark Law in Mexico, in order to maintain patent,

industrial design, and utility model registrations in force through

their life terms, the payment of maintenance fees is necessary.

During the past years, the manner by

which the maintenance fees have been paid, has suffered several

variations.

Therefore, a fast reference guide

reflecting the above mentioned changes is shown hereinbelow. The

abbreviations PAT, DES and UM are used in the guide to define

Patents, Industrial Designs and Utility Models respectively.

PERIOD

LIFETERM from Legal Date

WITH FINAL FEES

BASE DATE DUE ON

FURTHER ANNUITIES

1) Cases Granted from June 28/91 to Dec 31/91

PAT-20 Years

DES-15 Years

UM – 10 Years

First 3 annuities

Legal Date

The calculation of annuities must be counted as of the Legal

date.

Until 1995 paid annually on the month of January.

As of 1996 in quinquennia on January or on the month of the

anniversary of Legal Date until its expiration date

2) Cases Granted from Jan 1st/92 to Sep 30, 1994

PAT-20 Years

DES – 15 years

UM – 10 Years

First annuity

Legal Date

The calculation of annuities must be counted as of the Legal

date.

Next annuities paid annually until 1995 on the month of

January

As of 1996 in quinquennia on January or on the month of the

anniversary of Legal Date until its expiration date.

3) Cases Granted from Oct 1st/94 to Aug 31/1995

PAT-20 Years

DES – 15 years

UM – 10 Years

First annuity

Legal Date

The calculation of annuities must be counted as of the Legal

Date.

-Next annuities paid annually until 1995 on the month of

January.

As of 1996 in quinquennia on January or on the month of the

anniversary of Legal Date until its expiration date.

4) Cases Granted as of Sep 1st/95

PAT-20 Years

DES – 15 Years

UM – 10 Years

1st Quinquennium

Legal Date

For the 1st Quinquennium, the count of the annuity number to be

paid starts from Legal Date.

Following quinquennia paid every five years on the month of the

anniversary of Legal Date until its expiration date.

On the other hand, it is important to take note of the following

comments when calculating the dates of payment:

1) DIVISIONAL PATENTS: The lifeterm of the

divisional patents and the rules for payment of annuities are the

same as standard patents, depending on the date on which the

divisional patent was granted.

The LEGAL DATE of the divisional patent will be the Legal Date of

the Patent from which the divisional derives.

2) PIPELINE PATENTS: The...

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