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Belize (BZ)

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Legal basis is the Trade Marks Act, Cap. 257, in force since 2000.
Is not a member of the Madrid Agreement, the Madrid Protocol and the European Union.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, colours, colour combinations, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging as well as sound and smell marks and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks, collective marks and certification marks.
The application is filed at the Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO).
Multi-class applications are possible; however, there is a maximum of five classes allowed per application. A single application can include goods in up to five classes, with additional charges for each additional class.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A power of attorney must be signed – no witnessing, notarization, or legalization is required.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks.
Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use.
Trademark applications accepted by the Registrar are published three times in the official gazette prior to registration.
The approximate time frame for completing the registration process of a trademark in Belize is typically within six to twelve months if there are no official actions or oppositions.
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The opposition period is twelve weeks from the publication date of the application.
Protection begins with the date of application. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of ten years.
The grace period for renewals is six months starting from the expiration of the mark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used within five consecutive years from registration, it may be subject to an action for cancellation.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for filing, publication and registration of a trademark application is USD 213 in one class and USD 38 each additional class.

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Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

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02-05-2016
Caribbean IP, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, USA  

12-04-2014
Caribbean IP, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, USA  

08-13-2013
Caribbean Trademark Services, West Palm Beach, FL, 33401, USA



Caribbean IP



Katherine Van Deusen Hely

Katherine Van Deusen Hely
224 Datura Street, Suite 513
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
USA (US)
Tel + 1 561 283 1800
Katherine@Caribbean-IP.com
www.Caribbean-IP.com

Caribbean IP – Katherine Van Deusen Hely, P.L.L.C. is an IP law firm focusing on trademark and other IP services across 24 Caribbean jurisdictions. The firm prides itself on handling trademark searches, registrations, renewals, recordals, oppositions and enforcement matters in a time- and cost-efficient manner. Before founding Caribbean IP in 2014, Katherine worked closely with her cousin, George C. J. Moore. After his passing in 2013, she continued his Caribbean practice as the sole attorney point-of-contact for the firm, working with numerous Fortune 500 companies and clients around the world. Katherine has experience handling all aspects of trademark practice in the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.

Katherine obtained a Legal Education Certificate from the Eugene Dupuch Law School in The Bahamas and a law degree from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Florida Bar and an active member of the International Trademark Association, serving on the INTA Bulletin Committee (Latin America and Caribbean Subcommittee) since 2013. She regularly writes articles on trademark law developments in the Caribbean.

Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO)
2nd Floor, Habet Building
P.O. Box 592, Constitution Drive Belmopan
Belize, C.A.
Tel +1 501 822 1381
Fax +1 501 822 1382
Mail info@belipo.bz
www.belipo.bz