ECUADOR

Ecuador has a GDP of $94,47 BILLION USD. It has a population of 16 million. The capital is Quito. The official language is Spanish. It is the eighth largest economy in Latin America.

Patentable
inventions

Inventions of products or processes in any field of technology. To patent an invention, it must meet three requirements:

  • Novelty
  • Inventive step
  • Industrial application
What kind of inventions
are not patentable?
  • Discoveries, scientific principles and theories and mathematical methods.
  • All or part of living beings as found in nature, natural biological processes, biological material existing in nature or which may be isolated, including the genome or genoplasma of any living being.
  • Literary and artistic works or any other protected by copyright;
  • schemes, rules and methods for performing mental acts, playing games or business activities.
  • Computer programs or software, as such, and
  • methods of presenting information.

Expressly excluded from patentability:

  • Inventions whose commercial exploitation must be prevented to protect public order or morality.
  • Inventions whose commercial exploitation must be prevented to protect the health or life of people or animals or plants or to preserve the environment.
  • Plants, animals and essentially biological processes for production of plants or animals other than non-biological and microbiological processes.
  • Therapeutic or surgical methods for human or animal treatment and diagnostic methods applied to humans or animals.
  • Products or processes already patented and included in the state of the art, are not subject to new patent, for the simple fact of attribution of a different use from that originally contemplated by the initial patent.
What does it cost to
patent an invention?

The costs for filing and prosecuting patent applications are lower than in Brasil and similar in price to Argentina. A translation needs to be provided into Spanish. We are also able to provide you with this translation service.

Term of protection for patents
20 years from filing date (from priority date in the case of Convention applications).

Term of protection for utility models
10 years from filing date (from priority date in the case of Convention applications).