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Intellectual property in Guatemala

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The "Intellectual Property Decree" no 57-2000 was ratified by the whole of Central America. This decree established a uniform legal environment for the whole region as well as a database on brands and logos. One has to register with the Registro de la Propriedad Industrial, an organization responsible for the protection of intellectual property in Guatemala.
Guatemala is a signatory of the Berne convention and of the Treaty of Rome. By virtue of the Central American agreement for the protection of industrial property, preferential registration is guaranteed for a Guatemalan brand in whichever Central American country during the first 6 months following its registration in Guatemala.
Regional Organisations
Guatemala is a member of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and has ratified the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT), as well as the WPPT, Performances and Phonograms Treaty.  It is also a member of the WTO.  It has signed the Paris convention, the Berne Convention, the Rome Convention and the Nairobi Treaty.

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Intellectual property law.
15 years maximum
Brand names and Intellectual property legislation
10 years renewable Trademark Law Treaty
Law on Design
3 years  
Copyright law
75 years WIPO Copyright Treaty
Industrial Models
1997 law on utility models
10 years  

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