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Intellectual property in Panama

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The Directorate General of the Industrial Property Registry. Panama signed the General Inter-American Convention for Trade Mark and Commercial Protection of 1929.
The new intellectual Property Law, approved in April 1996 fulfils the WTO requirements.  The law strongly punishes brand name and patent piracy and provides for speedy proceedings in the case of conflict.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Law 35 of May 10th 1996
Validity period of 20 years (Spanish only) Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Law 35 of May 10th 1996
10 years, renewable for 10 years (Spanish only)
Law 35 of May 10th 1996
10 years, period can be extended up to 5 more years (Spanish only)  
Law 15 on copyright 1994
Lifetime right for the author and his heirs as provided by the text. Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Law 35 of May 10th 1996
10 years, see text  

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