The Decree 20-2016 was published on March 30th, 2016 in the Official Gazette. By this Decree, the Congress of the Republic approved the accession to the Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) (1994), administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization -WIPO-. Such accession shall enter into force beginning March 31, 2016.
The objective of the accession to the Treaty is simplifying the filing of applications and expedite trademark registration proceedings, mainly by the admission of multiclass applications and the possibility of submitting Powers of Attorney in the international forms annexed to the Treaty, among other provisions. The following step will be that Guatemalan authorities confirm when the Treaty will be implemented, which we will inform in due course.