A Panama lawyer who specializes in intellectual property law can assist you with trademark registrations in several ways. At Mata Pitti, we can help you with trademark research, registration requirements, applications, and more. Here’s how:
Conducting a Trademark Search
Our Panama lawyer can conduct a thorough trademark search to check that your trademark is available for registration. This search can include examining local and international trademark databases, as well as conducting a search of common law trademarks. The search may also include a review of unregistered trademarks that may have protection under Panamanian law based on use in commerce.
We identify any registered trademarks that may be similar or identical to your proposed trademark. If our search reveals that your proposed trademark is identical or similar to an existing trademark, we’ll advise you on the potential risks and solutions.
Advising on Registration Requirements
Mata Pitti will provide you with guidance on the requirements for registering a trademark in Panama. This includes the types of trademarks that are eligible for registration, the application process, and the fees involved.
In Panama, trademarks that are eligible for registration include words, logos, slogans, and combinations of them. They must meet the criteria of being distinctive and capable of identifying the source of the goods or services. Our lawyers can help you assess whether your proposed trademark meets these criteria.
Preparing and Filing an Application
We’ll also help you submit a trademark application to the Panamanian Intellectual Property Office (DIGERPI). The application must include a detailed description of the trademark, the goods or services associated with the trademark, and other relevant information, such as the name and contact information of the trademark owner.
Filing the trademark application initiates the examination process by the Panamanian Intellectual Property Office (DIGERPI). They will assess whether the proposed trademark meets the eligibility requirements for registration. By having our lawyer prepare and file your trademark application, you avoid delays and potential legal issues that can arise from mistakes or omissions in the application process.
Responding to Office Actions
If your trademark application is rejected or if the trademark office requests additional information, we can help you respond to the office action and provide the necessary information to move your application forward.
An Office Action from DIGERPI informs the applicant of any issues or deficiencies in their trademark application. If this happens, we’ll help you analyze the reasons for the rejection and advise you on the best course of action. Depending on the reason for the rejection, Mata Pitti may be able to help you amend the application or provide additional evidence to support the application.
Protecting Your Rights With a Panama Lawyer
Once you’ve established your trademark, we can help you enforce your rights. If you discover that someone is infringing on your trademark rights, we’ll evaluate your legal options. This could include filing a lawsuit or sending a cease and desist letter.
We can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case. If legal action is necessary, we will help you prepare and file a lawsuit against the infringer. We can also represent you in court and negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
At Mata Pitti, we have a deep understanding of the local laws and procedures related to trademark enforcement. We’ll make sure that your trademark rights are protected and hold infringers accountable for their actions. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with the trademark process.