About Cititrust IP
Affordability versus value has always been a selling point for large impersonal corporate law firms. However, obtaining basic information from clients and arbitrarily filling out forms for a low fee can result in numerous refusals, oppositions, and litigation, even after the registration process is complete.
Because the trademark and patent process is complex, has strict requirements, and is highly subjective, it is important to draft an application carefully to avoid future complications. At the same time, cost is always an important consideration when protecting intellectual property, and the high cost of corporate legal representation can stifle inventiveness and overburden small businesses.
Cititrust IP understands these concerns, and has conceived of a large and small entity fee structure combined with a flat-fee payment system based on projected hourly work to suit the needs of all clients. Our dedication to personalized service, our strategic network of partners through the Cititrust Group. and our membership within the International Trademark Association (INTA) makes our firm your choice strategic partner when protecting your intellectual property.
Intellectual Property in Belize
Intellectual Property is an entitlement to enforce incorporeal rights in mental creations such as inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, and images used in commercial or social-networking forums. In 2000 Belize joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (www.wipo.org) and signed onto the Patent Cooperation Treaty (articles) and has since enacted a comprehensive set of modern TRIPS compliant Intellectual Property registration and protection laws. Below is a list of (and links to) the relevant statutes and regulations and the date of their enactment.
Relevant IP Legislation
|Date of Text||Title|
|June 21, 2000||Designs, Act (Ch. 254), 21/06/2000, No. 13 Industrial Designs Act (Chapter 254) (Revised Edition 2000), 2 text(s)|
|June 21, 2000||Integrated Circuits, Act (Ch. 256), 21/06/2000, No. 15 Protection of Layout-Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Act (Chapter 256) (Revised Edition 2000), 2 text(s)|
|June 21, 2000||Plant Variety, Act (Ch. 255), 21/06/2000, No. 16 Protection of New Plant Varieties Act (Chapter 255) (Revised Edition 2000), 2 texts|
|June 21, 2000||Patents, Act (Ch. 253), 21/06/2000, No. 14 Patents Act (Chapter 253) (Revised Edition 2000), 2 text(s)|
|June 22, 2000||Copyright, Act (Ch. 252), 22/06/2000, No. 12 Copyright Act (Chapter 252) (Revised Edition 2000), 2 text(s)|
|June 22, 2000||Trade Marks, Act (Ch.257), 22/06/2000, No. 17 Trade Marks Act (Chapter 257) (Revised Edition 2000, 2 text(s)|
|November 30, 2000||Trade Marks, Rules, 30/11/2000, No. 8 Trade Marks Rules, 2000, 0 text(s)|
|January 4, 2001||Designs, Regulations, 04/01/2001, No. 16 Industrial Designs Regulations, 2001 (No. 16 of 2001), 2 text(s)|
|May 14, 2001||Copyright (Specified Countries), Order, 14/05/2001, No. 75 Copyright (Specified Countries) Order, 2001, 2 text(s)|
|August 17, 2001||Plant Variety, Regulations, 17/08/2001, No. 116 Protection of New Plant Varieties Regulations, 2001, 2 text(s)|
|August 17, 2001||Integrated Circuits, Regulations, 17/08/2001, No. 115 Protection of Layout-Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Regulations, 2001, 2 text(s)|
|December 27 2001||Patents, Regulations, 27/12/2001, No. 2 Patents Regulations, 2002 (No. 2 of 2002) 2 text(s)|
|December 27, 2001||Marks, Rules, 27/12/2001, No. 3 Marks Rules, 2002, No. 3, 2 text(s)|
|January 31, 2003||Other (Electronic Transactions), Act (Ch. 290:01), 31/01/2003, No. 8 Electronic Transactions Act (Chapter 290:01) (Revised Edition 2003), No. 8 of 2003, 1 text(s)|
All IP matters in Belize are dealt with by the Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) (www.belipo.bz) which also acts as the National Intellectual Property Registry.