Registering a trademark in Panama involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by DIGERPI, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will grant you exclusive rights to use it in Panama for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and utilizing the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Panama. Ensure you adhere to the requirements and guidelines for a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The initial step in the process is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure your proposed trademark isn't identical or similar to an existing one. The Industrial Property Directorate of Panama provides a database for this search. You can access the database through this link: http://www.digerpi.gob.pa
Step 2: Application
Once you've confirmed there are no conflicting trademarks, the next step is to submit an application to the Directorate General of Industrial Property Rights (DIGERPI). The application should include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services that the trademark will cover.
Step 3: Examination by DIGERPI
After receiving the application, DIGERPI will review it to ensure it aligns with the requirements of the Trademark Law. DIGERPI will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, DIGERPI will publish the application in the Official Bulletin. This is to give third parties an opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for two months from the date of publication.
Step 5: Registration
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, DIGERPI will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately USD 100 (as of 2021). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the DIGERPI website.
The entire process, from application to registration, typically takes between 12 to 18 months, provided there are no objections or oppositions.
Directorate General of Industrial Property Rights (DIGERPI): http://www.digerpi.gob.pa