Argentina - Country Commercial Guide
Protecting Intellectual Property

Provides advice on IPR protection, including information on the registration of patents and trademarks.

Last published date: 2021-11-10

Your U.S. trademark registrations and patents will not necessarily protect you in Argentina. An IP Snapshot on Argentina can be found at Stopfakes.gov. One can submit a patent application or register a trademark before the National Institute of Industrial Property of Argentina (“INPI”). Companies should seek advice from local attorneys or IP consultants who are experts in Argentine law. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires publishes a list of lawyers for reference. In any foreign market, companies should consider several general principles for effective protection of their intellectual property.

For background, link to our article on Protecting Intellectual Property. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes an annual review of the state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. USTR has included Argentina on its Special 301 priority watch list for insufficient protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights since 1996. A 2015 resolution on biotechnology that limits the patentability of biotechnological innovations, and a 1973 seed law that enables free saved seed for Argentine producers, have limited U.S. companies’ ability to introduce new and innovative technologies into the Argentine market. The U.S. Department of Commerce has a regional IP Attaché office based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who can provide advice and support to U.S. companies facing IPR issues in the region.             

IP Attaché Contact for Argentina

David Kellis

Av. Presidente Wilson, 147, 4th floor

20030-020 - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Tel. +55 21-3823-2499

david.kellis@trade.gov