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Panama Trademark Registration 

Attorneys - Panama

My name is Mónica Alemán and I'm the representative Attorney in Panama.

I'll be personally in charge of your trademark registration process.
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Your trademark registration will be processed in Panama through the following steps:

Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices

Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 14 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.


  • If I register my trademark in Panama, do I have protection in other territories?

    The territorial limit of registration is Panama.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    A power of attorney is required.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

    There are no benefits from pre-filing use of a trademark.

  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Attack on the ground of non-use is available.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Panama?
    • names
    • words
    • devices
    • slogans
    • three-dimensional shapes
    • combination of colours
    • certification marks
    • collective marks
    • service marks
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Panama?

    The order of the application process is as follows:

    1. Examination of the application in respect to:
      • formalities
      • classification
      • descriptiveness
      • distinctiveness
      • conflict with prior registration
    2. Publication of the application particulars:
      • mark
      • application number
      • address of applicant
      • citizenship of applicant
      • name of applicant
      • dates of first use
      • state or country of incorporation of applicant
      • application date
      • priority claim information
      • goods/services
      • representation of trademark
    3. Registration
  • What type of trademark is not registrable?
    • marks contrary to moral standards or public order
    • generic terms
    • names, flags or symbols of states, nations, regions or international organizations
    • surnames
    • geographic location names
    • reproductions or imitations of coats of arms
    • acronyms
    • marks that express the usual or generic designation of the product or service
    • figures or three-dimensional shapes capable of deceiving or misleading the public
    • the names of peoples or places known for the manufacture of certain goods
    • names, pseudonyms, signatures and portraits of persons different from the one applying for registration, without the consent of those persons
    • the designs on coins, banknotes, hallmarks denoting control or warranty used by the State, seals, stamps or tax imprints in general
    • marks that include medals, awards, diplomas and other elements that give the impression that recognition has been received for the corresponding goods or services
    • marks that are comparable in orthographic, graphic, phonetic, visual or design terms to another mark
    • marks that are identical or similar to a famous or renowned trademark
    • proper or common geographical denominations, maps, and also nouns and adjectives, including gentilics, where they denote the source of the goods or services
    • marks that consist basically of the Spanish translation of another mark that is already used, known, registered or undergoing registration
    • marks that are total or partial reproductions, imitations, translations or transcriptions of a nationally or internationally known trade name
    • three-dimensional shapes that lack originality
    • animated or changing names, figures or three-dimensional shapes that are expressed by movement
    • any letters, numerals or colours, except where these are combined with elements that give them distinctive character
    • any sign or mark that is used by indigenous or religious communities or associations except where the application is formulated on their behalf
    • marks that use references to national historical monuments


    Contact Marcaria.com for a more detailed explanation of marks that cannot be registered in Panama.

  • Does Panama use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Panama uses the Nice Classification System.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Panama?

    Panama is not a signatory of the European Union; hence, the Community Trade Mark registration is not followed in this jurisdiction.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Panama?

    Priority application can be claimed if:


    • the applicant's home country is a member of the Paris Convention
    • the home application was filed six months earlier than the application filing date in Panama
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    A trademark must be used within five consecutive years.


    The amount of use can be minimal.


    The registered mark must be used for local sales of products, for rendering of services, and for online sales.


    Use of the trademark must occur in Panama.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    The initial term of a registration is 10 years calculated from the application date.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date of a registration is 10 years from the application filing date.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    Owners may legally use an unregistered mark for any goods or services.