Uruguay Approves Its Accession To The Patent Cooperation Treaty

Uruguay is the 158th member state of the PCT, joining other Latin American countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.

In a historic decision on June 11, 2024, the Uruguayan Parliament unanimously voted for the country’s accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), positioning Uruguay as a global innovation hub. This recent legislative action makes Uruguay the 158th member state of the PCT, joining other Latin American countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.

With Uruguay’s incorporation into the PCT, patent applicants now have an additional route to safeguard their inventions in this country since in addition to filing national patent applications during the Paris Convention priority year, they will also be able to proceed with PCT national phase entry in Uruguay. This route not only simplifies the administrative procedures, but also minimizes the related costs.

Next steps

The treaty will soon be formally promulgated by the Executive Branch and registered with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Afterwards, the necessary adjustments will be made to align local practices with the requirements of the PCT Agreement, which implies a process that will take several months to complete. It is important to note that the accession has been made with a reservation with respect to Chapter II, in relation to the International Preliminary Examination.

We will keep you up to date on the developments related to this matter and it´s effects. In addition, if your innovation needs protection at any international level, you can count on the advice of our experts to ensure that your creations are duly protected in global markets.