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9 Dec 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Panama

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14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Panama

Customs authorities are empowered to inspect and seize merchandise that is subject to customs procedures and which may violate Panama’s IP laws, regardless of its final destination. This means that even in-transit goods can be inspected and seized. Read more

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Panama

Customs authorities are empowered to inspect and seize merchandise that is subject to customs procedures and which may violate Panama’s IP laws, regardless of its final destination. This means that even in-transit goods can be inspected and seized. Read more

1 Mar 2016

Border protection in Latin America – the future looks brighter

Despite the region’s reputation as a haven for counterfeiters, several Latin American countries are making significant strides in developing and using highly effective anti-counterfeiting tools

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Anti-Counterfeiting

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23 Nov 2015

Call for brand owners and governments to up their anti-counterfeiting game: highlights from the INTA Leadership Meeting

This year’s INTA Leadership Meeting, held in Panama, was the association’s first major event in Latin America and followed hot on the heels of last year’s annual meeting in Hong Kong, which itself was notable as the first such meeting to be held outside North America or Europe. Here we present some highlights and observations from the event.

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9 Apr 2015

New plain packaging bill raises counterfeiting fears

Panama is currently considering a bill that seeks to introduce generic packaging for cigarettes. All graphic brand elements would be removed from the cigarette packs, leaving only the brand name. However, considering the scale of the counterfeiting problem in the country, one may wonder whether the bill might not be counterproductive.

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23 Jun 2014

Special prosecutor orders closure of websites selling counterfeit products

Thanks to the Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Intellectual Property and Computer Security, Panama has set a precedent regarding the country's position as to websites selling counterfeit and infringing products. Over the past months, the prosecutor has ordered that three websites be shut down for illegal activities.

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Enforcement and Litigation

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8 Sep 2014

Bridgestone ordered to pay $5 million in damages in RIVERSTONE case

The Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice has ordered Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone Licensing Services Inc to pay, jointly and severally, $5 million in damages to Muresa and Tire Group of Factories Ltd Inc. The court found that the filing by Bridgestone of an opposition which had resulted in the cessation of the commercialisation of products under the RIVERSTONE mark had been made in bad faith and in a hasty manner.

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5 Mar 2004

Stricter sanctions for industrial property violations in force at last

The law modifying the Criminal and Judicial Codes, and Industrial Property
Law 35 of 1996 has come into force. The Legislative Assembly amended the bill
at the request of the president of Panama, who had found the original draft
contrary to constitutional principles and the interests of the law.

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24 Oct 2003

Bill linking Criminal Code and IP law goes back to the drawing board

The president of Panama has partially vetoed and refused to ratify
a bill that was set to amend the Criminal Code and make the punishment for infringing
intellectual property rights more severe. She found that it contained elements
that were contrary to the interests of the law and constitutional principles,
and should therefore be amended.

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Trademark law

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19 Sep 2013

Over 100 foreign GIs and DOs now registered

Following the coming into force of a new legislation on denominations of origin and geographical indications, over 100 applications for foreign GIs and DOs were published in the <i>Official Bulletin</i> and subsequently registered. According to Law 61/2012, any natural or legal person may request the recognition of a group of producers, manufacturers or artisans, if their premises or sites of extraction are found inside the zone established by the GI or DO at issue.

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Kerry L Timbers
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Boston MA, United States
Sunstein LLP