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TRADEMARK REGISTRATION BEFORE THE COLON FREE ZONE ADMINISTRATION AND CUSTOMS DIRECTORATE

Additional Trademark Protection

The Colon Free Zone (“CFZ”) is the second largest duty-free trade area in the world, after the Hong Kong free zone. It is located in the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal and it is served by five major ports. Over 2000 companies operate within this duty-free zone.

The companies in the CFZ import products, specially, from the Far East, being Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan the largest suppliers, and then re-export them to other countries, mainly in Latin America. The CFZ has traditionally served as a key point for distribution of goods coming from Asia, thereby, constituting a hot spot for counterfeiting activities.

To control and pursue the traffic of counterfeit products into and from the CFZ and at other points of introduction and distribution of merchandise within the country, such as ports, the Panamanian government instituted, by means of special statutes, border control measures, empowering CFZ and Customs authorities to conduct ex officio or upon request of the interested party inspections and retentions of goods suspected to be counterfeits.

Likewise, to achieve an effective enforcement of intellectual property rights Trademark Registries within the CFZ Administration and Customs Directorate were created and currently operate for the registration of trademarks before these entities.

Registration of marks with these offices is of paramount importance for the protection of intellectual property rights in this region, as the registry allows the authorities to verify within their own records whether a specific mark is registered in Panama and its corresponding particulars without the need of contacting the Trademark Office, thereby, facilitating the detection of pirated products and expediting the processing of this information when required for the execution of merchandise seizures.

 

Registration Requirements

Power of Attorney from the applicant duly notarized and legalized by the Panamanian Consulate or with Apostille Seal
Certified copy of the trademark registration issued by the Panamanian Trademark Office

The intellectual property right owner has the option to indicate in the petition the name and address of local licensees and/or authorized distributors.

 

Renewal of trademark registrations before the CFZ and Customs.

Trademarks registered before these entities may be renewed indefinitely for terms of ten years which will run in accordance with the terms of the corresponding registration with the Panamanian Trademark Office and as long as this registration is in force. These renewals can be filed at any time.

Requirements:

Certified copy of the renewal petition filed before the Panamanian Trademark Office
Certified Copy of the Renewal Certificate issued by the Panamanian Trademark Office once it is issued.

 

 
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