WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO. 

Trade Mark Law in force: 

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

Classification: 

Nice classification, 10th edition. 

Multiclass Applications: 

YES. 

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-dimensionalforms, 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. If POA is not filed along with the application, it will be necessary to post a bond to obtain a period of two months for filing the POA.
  • Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 6 months from the application date. 

Examination: 

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES. 

Opposition period: 

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. 

Use requirements: 

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. 

Renewal terms: 

1 year prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months. 

Link to Trade Mark Office: 

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