Guatemala Trademark registration
In Guatemala the legal basis is the Intellectual Property Law of November 1, 2000. Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
A trademark application has to be filed before the Trademark and Patent Office (Registry of Intellectual Property) by a local agent. A non-legalized power of attorney is sufficient. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination and an examination of distinctiveness, but no search for prior trademarks. After the formal application, the trademark application must be published in the Official Journal of Guatemala three times within a fifteen days term, and such publication must be done within the next 6 months from the date where the public notice was granted. The opposition period is 2 months from date of the first publication in the Official Journal of Guatemala.
A trademark registration in Guatemala is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office.
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used for a continuous period of at least 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.