TRADEMARKS

GUATEMALA

GDP: $58,83 BILLION
IMPORTS: $16.7 BILLION
POPULATION: 16,02 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 108,889 Km2
CURRENCY: QUETZAL (GTQ)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO

Trademark Law in Force:

Industrial Property Law (Decree of Congress 57-2000)

Classification:

Nice classification, 10th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

NO

Registrable Trademarks:

Words or groups of words, letters, numbers, monograms, forms, portraits, labels, shields, stamps, engravings, vignettes, borders, lines, fringes, combination and arrangement of colors, as well as any combination of these symbols. They can also consist of sounds or smells, the shape of products, their packaging, wrapping or trade dress and others which at the discretion of the Trademark Office possesses or might have acquired distinctiveness.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized by the Apostille within 1 month from the official request.
• Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 3 months since priority deadline.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES
Relative grounds for refusal: YES

Opposition period:

2 months from the date of publication.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 8 months unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

10 years from the date of registration.

Use requirements:

YES. The cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for a time period of 5 years, counting from the date of registration. (Partial cancellation possible)

Grace period for renewal:

6 months

Link to Trademark Office:

https://www.rpi.gob.gt/

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