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To register a trademark in the United States we must submit an application together with the corresponding official costs identifying the owner of the trademark, the products or services for which the trademark is used or will be used, and if the application is based on actual use, the date of first use of the trademark, the date of first use in the interstate commerce in the United States and specimens of the trademark as it is actually used in relation to products or services. An application based on intention of use must also submit the date of first use of the trademark, the date of first use in the interstate commerce and specimens of the trademark as it is effectively used in relation to the products or services covered, once the trademark is used in the interstate commerce of the United States.

 

However, our international clients can submit and obtain a registration having their application based on trademark registrations in its own countries.

L1A VISA

 

The non-immigrant classification L-1A allows U.S. employers to transfer an Executive or Manager from one of its foreign offices affiliated to one of its offices in the United States. This classification also allows a foreign company that still does not have an office affiliated in the United States to send an Executive or Manager to the United States for the purpose of creating an office.

 

Family of workers with L1 Visa:

 

The employees transferred to offices in the United States may be admitted accompanied by their spouse and children under 21 years of age. These relatives may apply for admission with a Visa classification L-2, if approved, it will be granted for the same period of time of stay of the employee with L-1.

 

E-1 Businessmen for Trade Agreement with the United States (Trade Agreement).

 

If you are a citizen of a country with which the United States has a Trade Agreement and you will enter the United States only to carry out such substantial business mainly between the United States and your country of nationality, you may be eligible for this classification. The business in question must exist in fact (with contracts successfully negotiated and binding for all involved parties) and it shall consist of an international exchange of business items between the United States and the Treaty country.

 

Relatives of the persons with a Visa E-1:

 

Your spouse and children not married under 21 years of age are entitled to the classification E-1. Your spouse is entitled to employment authorization, but your children do not have this right.

 

E-2 Investor by Trade Agreement with United States (Investor).

 

The E-2 classification is authorized if you are a foreigner from a country with which the United States has a commercial treaty and you are coming to the United States only to direct and develop the operations of a company in which it has investments, or actively participates in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital. The related investment should place the capital that belongs to it and that you control, and which was acquired legally, in commercial risk with the purpose of achieving profits, and subject to loss if the investment fails.

 

Minimum to invest $100,000 – (the “substantial” amount depends on the nature of the business. Invest a minimum of 80% of the total cost of operation).

Our staff in Panama will process your request and advise you on all the details for the application for registration and subsequently will submit such application in the Panamanian Trademark Office. You will receive confirmation of the submission through a copy of the application.

 

After a formal review in the DIGERPI (Panamanian Trademark Office), your trademark will be published to allow third parties to oppose it. The opposition period in Panama is of 2 months starting as of the publication date. You will receive status updates as soon as your trademark is published in the Official Gazette and you shall be notified of any action taken by third parties who wish to object to the registration.

 

If no oppositions arise and your trademark is formally approved, the trademark shall be registered in Panama. The approximate time in Panama for the obtaining of the certificate of registration is 6 months.

 

We provide services of searches of national and international trademarks by name, thus ensuring that the registry application is granted.

A Panamanian Corporation provides legal protection of your assets and identity through the confidentiality of business and banking transactions conducted through the same.

 

The formation of a corporation in Panama is easy, fast and cost-effective. Our Office can advise and provide services for creation of corporations, and also for the opening of the bank accounts of the same.

In order to obtain a trademark registration in Cuba, an application identifying the owner and the products or services that will be protected shall be submitted, as well as the payment of the legal fees.

 

Additionally a Power of Attorney to represent the applicant before the Cuban Trademark Office shall be submitted. That Power of Attorney can be submitted within a period of 60 days as of the date of application at no charge.

 

In a period between 90 and 180 days, the Cuban trademark office shall conduct the formal examination of the application, where the formal requirements shall be analyzed, if this test is concluded satisfactorily the trademark will be published in the Official Gazette during a period of 60 days so that third parties can object or issue observations. If no objections or observations are submitted, the Cuban Trademark Office. shall proceed with the final exam, which will take into account that the trademark application does not infringe any legal provision described in the Cuban Trademark Law. The result of the final exam will define the granting or not of the trademark. If the application is denied, the owner may defend the registrability thereof.

Our Office provides services of sanitary registries of food, chemicals and cosmetics for Cuba.

 

Steps and requirements:

 

The request for a Sanitary Registry in Cuba is approved and authorized by the Institute of Nutrition and Hygiene of Food of the Ministry of Public Health.

 

This registration consists of the following stages:

 

Filing of the application in writing specifying: name of the product, trademark, manufacturer or marketer, country or province, as will be shown on the label of the product that will be marketed in the Cuban territory.

 

Evaluation and approval of the Product: the officer in charge of receiving the application, will review the documentation and labeling of the product to verify whether it meets the requirements of the Cuban Law on the basis of the technical information, health standards, international standards, the specialized bibliography and the results obtained by means of the tests in the accredited laboratories.

 

In the event of not having all the required information, there is a term of 9 days for the submission. The maximum term established to issue the technical opinion on the product is 30 days.

 

The sanitary certificate shall have a validity of 3 years. The products with the same basic composition that only differ in the secondary ingredients will be considered as a single product for the purposes of the issuance of the certificate.

1.-  Bahamas

 

Costs: Courier fees for original certification – approximately USD $40.00 – 60.00 (depending on destination)

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $130 (filing and certificate issuance fees)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

2.- Cayman Islands

 

Costs: Gazette Fee for publication of Notice US$37.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $280.50 (1st class). There is a fee of US$122.00 for each additional class.

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

3.- Cuba

 

Costs: $50.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $300.00 up to 3 international classes + 300.00 for each additional class

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

4.- Dominican Rep

 

Costs: $45.00 (courier fees)

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $170.00 (1st class) + $112.00 (each additional class)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

5.- Jamaica

 

Costs: US$166

 

Gov. Filing Fees: US$195 (1st class) + $25.00 (each additional class)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

6.- Curacao

 

Costs: $25.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $424.00 up to 3 international classes

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

7.- Caribbean Netherlands

 

Costs: 0.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $350 (1 mark/up to 3 classes), $50 (each additional class after 3rd)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

8.- Trinidad & Tobago

 

Costs: US$150.00 broken down into $15.00 bank charges, $50.00 -P.T.I. (Postage, Telephone/Faxes, Incidentals), $60.00 -publication charge (varies according to specification size) and $25.00 – certificate fee.

 

Gov. Filing Fees: US$50.00 -official filing fees in one class and US$17.00 per additional class.

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

9.- Haiti

 

Costs: USD$ 50

 

Gov. Filing Fees: For Figurative or Device mark or Designs: USD$ 125.00

 

For Word Mark: USD$ 65

 

For each additional class: USD$ 35

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

10.- Anguilla

 

Costs: 25.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees: US$250.00 for one mark in one class and US$50.00 each additional class

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

11.- Antigua and Barbuda

 

Costs: US$ 90.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees: US$106.00 (for trademark in one class)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

12.- Aruba

 

Costs: USD 10

 

Gov. Filing Fees: USD 315 (for one trademark registration in 1-3 classes, each additional class is USD 20)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

13.- Barbados

 

Costs/disbursements: approximately USD$75

 

Gov. Filing fees: USD$175 one class (Multi class applications are not available)

 

Attorney fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

14.- Dominica

 

Costs: Courier $65

 

Gov. Filing fee: Application: $168.54 (1st class)

 

Additional classes: $74.91 (per class)

 

Publication: $37.46 (per word class) $56.20 (per design class)

 

Attorney fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

15.- Grenada

 

Costs: 0.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $285 (word)/$295 (device) (1 mark/1 class), $100 (word)/$70 (device) (each additional class)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

16.- Martinique

 

This is a French territory and registrations in France and EUIPO are effective in this overseas territory.

 

17.- Montserrat

 

Costs: 0.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $200 (local)/$150 (UK based) (1 mark/1 class), $30 (each additional class)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

18.- Saint Kitts & Nevis

 

Costs: US$ 5.00

 

Gov. Filing Fees:US$367 (1st class) + $30.00 each additional class

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

19.- Saint Lucia

 

A breakdown of our fees for registration of a Trademark are as follows:

 

Government Fees / Official Fees:

 

(A) Conducting a search at the Registry of Intellectual Property – $5.00 for up to 3 marks and $1.00 for each additional mark.

 

(B) Filing Authorization of Agent – $35.00

 

(C) Filing Application for Registration in respect of goods in 1 prescribed class – $100.00 and $50.00 for each additional class

 

(D) Cost of publication in the Gazette in respect of goods in 1 prescribed class – $100.00 and $100.00 for each additional class (with respect to word marks)

 

(E) Cost of publication in the Gazette in respect of goods in 1 prescribed class – $150.00 and $100.00 for each additional class (with respect to device marks)

 

(F) Cost of Certificate of Registration in respect of goods in 1 – 4 prescribed classes – $100.00

 

Attorney’s Fees/Agent’s Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

20.- Turks & Caicos

 

Costs: (1) Gazette notice: $175 per mark (2) courier: $100 (3) Others: $25

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $400 application and registration fee ($200 each)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

 

21.- Costa Rica

 

Costs: $40.00 (courier for sending the original version of Power of Attorney)

 

Gov. Filing Fees: $185.00 (one class)

 

Attorney Fees: Please contact our Law Firm to provide to you our fees.

What is the Treaty of Cooperation in Matters of Patent (PCT) and does how it operates?

 

The PCT is an international treaty administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and is currently subscribed by 144 State Members, where Panama is one of them and whose main objective is to simplify the procedure for the submission of an international patent application with the purpose of obtaining a protection by patent in several countries.

 

The PCT is a system of “submission” of patent applications, not a system of “award” of patents, which has two fundamental phases:

 

· The INTERNATIONAL PHASE: Its main stages are: the presentation of the international application, the international search, the international publication (The WIPO executes it on its web site) and the Preliminary International Exam (which is optional). It takes place before the Receiving Office (RO), the International Bureau of WIPO, and the Administration in charge of the International Search (ISA) and eventually the International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA).

 

· The NATIONAL PHASE: In this phase the applicant goes directly to the designated national Offices, which ultimately shall grant or reject the patent application, since the task and responsibility of granting the patent corresponds exclusively to each of them.

 

Patent Registries in Panama:

 

The administrative authority that has the power to process and grant the registration of patents in Panama is the General Directorate of the Industrial Property Registry (DIGERPI in Spanish).

 

The processing usually follows these steps:

 

  • Presentation of the request to the DIGERPI, complete of the necessary documentation and the payment of the fee for the maintenance of the first annuity.

 

 

  • Formal and technical exam, to confirm that the application is correct and completes all the requirements. In the event that the Office does not find the complete information or documentation to continue with the process, it will make a request for information, which must be answered within a period of 60 working days. If the application is not amended or supplemented, it will it be declared abandoned and will lose its priority.

 

 

  • Issuance of the report on the State of the technique. This report consists in contrasting or comparing the patent application with the “State of the previous technique”, and it must be requested within 14 months as of the submission of the request.

 

 

  • Publication in the Official Gazette of the Registration of the Industrial Property (BORPI), within a period of 18 months as of the date of the application with a deadline of 60 days for objections.

 

 

  • Patent Registrations in Cuba Let us help with your submission of a patent registration with the Cuban Patent Office. We can get the registration of your patent with the Cuban Patent Office. If you file and the patent is refused for some reason, and there are many reasons, we will help you make the modification or change to get the registration accepted without lose the value of your invention in Cuba.

 

 

  • Copyright Registration This service applies to several sort of works including books, music, movies, and software. Use of our services for copyright registration ensures that you know what your rights are, and you will have additional legal rights not available if your work is not registered.

 

Requierements that must be met by patent applications:

 

  • Power given to the lawyer (in original) or failing the corresponding informal Agency.

 

 

  • Name, nationality and address of the inventor or inventors.

 

 

  • Assignment document cases that the applicant is not the inventor.

 

 

  • Title of the invention, the invention must be accompanied by the specification, claims, abstract and drawings, in the event that it is required.

 

 

  • Applications for patents for inventions in Panama can be paid for the first five years, after this term would be paid the second five-year term, then third and finally the fourth five-year term.

 

 

Patents are protected for 20 years and utility models for 10 years.

Domain names, together with trademarks and patents are an increasingly valuable asset and a factor really important to acquire a true and consolidated presence on the Internet.

Our company offers the service of registration of domain names in Panama with extensions .COM.PA and .PA

REQUIREMENTS

.COM.PA  extension  : The owner of the domain has  to be a national or foreign company duly registered.

.PA extension : The owner of the domain must first have a .COM.PA domain, registered before January 31, 2012. The new domain must be registered with the same information of the .COM.PA domain.

Domain registrations once registered will be valid for two years and may be renewed every two years.