Bureaucracy Slows Trademark Registration in Guatemala

It takes from six months to a year to complete the process for registering a patent for a brand with the Guatemalan Intellectual Property Registry.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Various sectors in Guatemala agree with the estimate. "Although there is a commitment to the free trade agreement between Central America and United States (CAFTA), which entered into force in 2006, Guatemala has not signed", reported Prensalibre.com.gt.

According to Ileana Aguilar, registrar of intellectual property, currently all processes must be carried out personally and on paper, and need a signature and seal from a lawyer, which causes delays in registration.

With the agreement registration will be expedited, it would force the system to be digitalised and would allow for trademarks to be registered without the need of a lawyer's signature , and in the same application one brand could be entered covering several products, a process that could be completely virtual.

Julio Morales, is an inventor who has three patents and two more in process and complains that it typically takes four years for each registration, causing losses during this period.

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New Chamber of Intellectual Property in Guatemala

June 2016

The union will focus on improving the rules on patenting and improving protection of intellectual property.

The creation of the new Chamber also aims to encourage fair practices and help streamline processes followed when companies make complaints about products reproduced without authorization. S21.com.gt reports that "...The products most likely to be copied illegally are medicines, food, alcoholic beverages, clothing, videos, movies and music. "

Protect Your Intellectual Property

March 2016

Competing with multinationals under DR-CAFTA requires companies to comply with all the necessary processes to protect their brands, processes and products.

The arrival of multinational companies in Central America competing in legal equality with local or regional firms as a result of DR-CAFTA, highlights gaps in legal implementation and best practices for business on issues such as the protection of trademarks and intellectual property. In an analysis piece by Nacion.com, the need for companies and entrepreneurs to protect the product development process, their formulation and their brands is highlighted.

Single Registration for Patents in Central America

July 2015

A proposal has been made for the region to standardize the criteria for patenting so that it has the same validity and is treated in the same way in each of the Central American countries.

Meeting in Panama, patent experts and government representatives reviewed the Manual for Processing Patent Applications, with the aim of unifying the various laws on registrations in order to facilitate the work of companies that have to deal with different rules, times and procedures to register their patents in countries in Central America.

Impact of DR- CAFTA in Production of Generic Goods

December 2013

Increased prices are predicted along with less variety in drugs and agrochemicals because of the progressive protection of patent rights.

Román Macaya, director of the National Chamber of Generic Producers (Canaproge) explained that at the end of this decade the market will feel an impact on the protection of branded drugs and agrochemicals.

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