TRADEMARKS

PANAMA

GDP: $46,21 BILLION
IMPORTS: $26.61 BILLION
POPULATION: 3,868 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 75,517 Km2
CURRENCY: BALBOA AND UNITED STATES DOLLAR
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:

Law 35 dated May 10, 1996., modified by the Law 61, dated October 5, 2012

Classification:

Nice classification, 10th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

YES

Registrable Trademarks:

distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, holograms, colours, combinations or shades of colours, three-dimensional
forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging and any combination of the
mentioned signs as well as sound, smell and taste marks.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney merely signed (no legalization and no notarization required) within 2 months from application date.
• Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 6 months since application date.

Examination:

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

Opposition period:

2 months counted from the next day of the publication.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 12 months unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

10 years from the application date.

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 registration. (Partial cancellation possible)

Grace period for renewal:

6 months

Link to Trademark Office:

https://www.digerpi.gob.pa/

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