Single Registration for Patents in Central America

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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

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.

The proposal is to update the Manual for Processing Patent Applications, in order to "... harmonize, somehow, the treatment given to users on the granting of patent rights, in order to generate greater confidence in the use of system," according to Oswaldo Gironés, director of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

"... Gironés stressed that the main obstacle to be overcome in Central America and the Dominican Republic to advance the matter is to get the right capabilities for examining patent applications . 'The hardest thing is to get the right skills, that is, people who can adequately examine patents in each of the countries in different technological areas.'"

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