IMPORTS: $29,275 BILLION
TOTAL AREA: 75,517 KM2
CURRENCY: BALBOA (B7.) (PAB); UNITED STATES DOLLAR ($) (USD)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.
Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO.
Patent Prosecution Highway:
Trade Mark Law in force:
Law 35 dated 10 May 1996, modified by Law 61 dated 5 October 2012.
Nice classification, 10th edition.
Registrable trade marks:
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 legalisation and no notarisation required) within 2 months from application date.
• Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 6 months from the application date.
Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.
Relative grounds for refusal: YES.
2 months counting from 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.
YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trade mark has not been used for 5 years, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible.
1 year prior to renewal date.
Grace period: 6 months.