New Regulations of the IP Law regarding Designations of Origin and Geographic Indications
The Guatemalan Ministry of Economy has recently approved, by means of the Executive Order 95-2014, amendments on the Regulations of the Industrial Property Law that came into force on March 8, 2014 and are focused on the registration of designations of origin and geographic indications.
These amendments have been introduced to adjust the Regulations to the amendments made to the Industrial Property Law (Decree 57-2000) on June 26, 2013 approved by the ratification of the enacted Decree 03-2013 and arising from the Association Agreement entered by the European Union with Guatemala.
Regarding the designations of origin and geographical indications, the new amendments to the Industrial Property Law entirely replaced the previous articles of Decree 57-2000, introducing technical as well as administrative procedures that established the registration requirements at the Guatemalan Intellectual Property Registry.
According to the new Industrial Property Law (Decree 3-2013), foreign designations of origin and geographical indications can also be registered in Guatemala. This constitutes one of the main differences of these types of protection, since the previous Industrial Property Law only allowed for the inscription of Guatemalan designations of origin and geographical indications.