Panama Patent


Requirements and procedures for the registration of patent in Panama

All applications must be submitted through a lawyer or Panamanian law firm in the DIGERPI Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Panama.

Panama Patent attorneys will provide power of attorney to the client and once signed must be notarized, so the lawyer will provide the application form for patent registration which must be completed by the client. The Power of attorney and the application must be submitted to the DIGERPI and properly substantiated taxes and the right of presentation.

The form must contain the following

  • Applicant information: nationality, address and identification
  • About the inventor: nationality, address and identification
  • Name of the lawyer or law firm and general
  • Title of invention or creation

Documents to be attached:

  • Copy of identity card of the inventor and copy of passport.
  • Power, specification, abstract and main drawing, certificate of public record if a society is registered, pending application claims.

On patents in Panama

Panama is a member of the Paris Convention and follows the same guidelines that all countries that are registered there. Thus binding is applied to the protection of industrial safety.
In Panama the registration of patents is quite similar to that of most countries, has a term of 20 years from the date it was filed.


From 2008 to 2012 were 2314 patents registered in Panama, topping the list the following countries United States, France, Germany, Italy, Panama, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan.

Plagiarism of a patent

Every inventor who has registered his patent in Panama can sue any person or company that has plagiarized or are using their technology without your consent or authorization in a Panamanian court.

The State and the right conferred by a patent

Every inventor who has registered his patent in Panama, just submitted the application is required and has the right to exploit his patent or technology for a period of 20 years. This is one of the most important principles and here were respected by the state for the inventor.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Aimed at promoting innovation and creations to contribute to the economic development of countries through various international mechanisms for intellectual property.

PCT in Panama

The PCT International Cooperation Treaty or patent shall take effect in Panama from September 7, 2012 which represented a record enrollment in 2011 of PCTS.

Advantages of filing a PCT patent application

It helps the application to handle an international patent, because it already has issued requirements. In the incentive of patents in the world, contributing to a significant increase in the economic, technological and scientific development of the different countries.

Establishing a technology information exchange with different countries, and this greatly favors the developing countries.

The inventor may amend his application, when running the preview, to correct it, before processed by different patent offices.