Venezuelan PTO increases rates and introduces direct payment

The Venezuelan PTO announced new increased rates for Intellectual Property related matters in Venezuela. Two interesting facts related to the increase are:1. in some instances a 60% increase in government fees; and 2. the requirement as of May 28th, 2015 is for the foreign applicants/owners to pay the fees directly to the PTO and not via the Venezuelan IP law firms. It remains unclear what the effects of this, if any, will be for the law firms in question. The industry has filed an appeal against these measures.