The LexLatin communication medium publishes an article by our associate Katherine González detailing the modification regarding the possibility of canceling commercial names due to lack of use in Ecuador. Previously, the National Service for Intellectual Rights (also known as SENADI) did not process this type of cancellation request since “the authority considered that the rights were acquired with their use.”
After having studied the possibility of carrying it out, the Court of Justice of the Andean Community has determined that trade names may be canceled if they have ceased to be used at a certain time and provided that a series of requirements are met.
Before this new ruling was published, if you applied for a trademark similar to a registered trade name but in disuse, the owner of said trademark had to oppose this fact. Likewise, having filed an opposition or not, the refusal of the trademark was considered due to the similarity to one already registered and, therefore, there was no option to register this new trademark.
As our associate explains, before taking any action it is necessary to bear in mind “that trade names are independent of the business name or determination of the companies and may be the same or different”.
"One of the solutions provided by the users to counteract this type of inconvenience was the presentation of cancellation actions for lack of use against registered trade names. For these matters, SENADI had no maintained a uniform criterion, in most cases these actions were inadmissible because it considered that the registration of a commercial name loses its validity and effectiveness as soon as use ceases, therefore, the cancellation was not legally appropriate, "González points out.
Now, the criteria have changed and trade names may be canceled due to lack of use in Ecuador.
Ahora, los criterios han cambiado y se podrán cancelar nombres comerciales por falta de uso en Ecuador.
Originally published by Corral Rosales, August 2020
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