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Benelux trademark protects Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg. In order to obtain trademark protection in Benelux you can register your trademark in two ways: First option is that you request registration in the entire European Union with one single application; this can be done via the European Union Trademark which grants trademark protection in the 28 country members of the EU (more info here). Second option is that you register directly your trademark in Benelux. If you want to proceed this way please follow the steps described below.
Step 1 - Trademark Comprehensive Study
Before filing your trademark in Belize it is important that you evaluate possible obstacles that may arise during registration process. Our Trademark Comprehensive Study will not only list similar trademarks (graphic & phonetic) that may conflict with yours, but also give you an Attorney's opinion about registration probabilities and the class(es) that belong your product/services.
Trademark Class Recommendation
Graphic & Phonetic Similarity Trademark Search
Trademark Attorneys Analysis & Advice
Step 2 - Trademark Registration Request
Your Trademark Application will be filed by specialized attorneys in Belize, who will carry out all needed tasks before the Trademark Office in Belize in order to obtain registration approval. As soon as your trademark is filed we will send you a filing report which will include application number and date, plus a scanned copy of filed trademark application in Belize.
Process Handled by Experienced Trademark Attorneys
Filing Report & Scanned Copy of Application
Online Tracking of the Registration Process
Step 3 - Trademark Registration Certificate
Once your trademark application is approved, our attorneys will complete all necessary requirements in order to obtain the registration certificate in Belize. After the certificate is issued, it will be forwarded to your address along wit h a registration report specifying registration number, registration date and any special consideration that should be taken into account in Belize.
Process Handled by Experienced Trademark Attorneys
Delivery of the Registration Certificate & Report
Monitor & Reminder of important dates
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 Frequently Asked Questions
Trademark Registration
Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

The average time frame for the registration approval is 6 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

If I register my trademark in Belize, do I have protection in other territories?

No. The protection of a registered mark is limited only within the territories of Belize.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

Yes. Applicants need to submit a signed Power of Attorney.

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

There are minimal benefits from pre-filing use of a mark.

  • Notorious trademarks that are not yet registered get protection from infringement.
  • Unregistered marks but have been used substantially for a long time may also obtain protection against infringement.
Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

A trademark that remains unused 5 years after its registration can result to its removal from the registry office.

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Belize?

The trademark law of Belize accepts the following marks for registration:

  • Words
  • Slogans
  • Names
  • Devices
  • Colours
  • Three-dimensional shapes
  • Trade dresses or get ups
  • Notorious marks
  • Certification marks
  • Service marks
  • Collective marks
What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Belize?

Trademark application in Belize goes through several phases, in particular order: examination in respect to requirements, publication of application details, and registration. All applications must be the criteria for a registrable trademark in Belize. Before the mark is officially registered, it will go through a publication process for the purpose of allowing third parties to oppose the registration.

What type of trademark is not registerable?

The trademark law of Belize prohibits that following marks:

  • Marks that contradict public policy or standards of moral
  • Generic words/terms
  • Marks that do not show distinctive qualities
  • Marks that are mainly used as surnames
  • Marks that are mainly used as a geographic name or indication
  • National names, flags or symbols (including those of states, regions and international organizations)
Does Belize use the "Nice Classification" system?

Yes. Belize trademark system uses the Nice Classification.

Does the Community Trademark apply for Belize?

No. Since Belize is not a European Union member, the Community Trademark does not take effect in this country.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in Belize?

Applicants may claim priority if the Paris Convention is effective in their home country and if the home application date is at least 6 months earlier than the application date in Belize.

What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

Use the trademark within 5 years from the date of registration. Minimal use is required and must occur in the jurisdiction of Belize.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

Registered trademarks in Belize are initially valid for 10 years.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date is counted 10 years from date of filing of application.

Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

Yes. It’s legal to use an unregistered mark for commercial purpose.

Does having a registered trademark in Belize give me any right?

The rule “first to file” is effective in Belize. Hence, registration is necessary in order to obtain legal rights to a trademark.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

Visit the online trademark office of Belize at:

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

Yes. The applicant must already be using the mark or at least have intention to use the mark prior to filing of application.

Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

Yes. Interested parties may oppose the application on the following grounds:

  • Proprietary rights
  • Personal name rights
  • Notorious mark rights
  • Protected symbols, emblems, flags and armorial bearings
  • Mark does not demonstrate distinctiveness
  • Mark is disparaging, deceptive, misleading and descriptive
  • Mark is applied for using an agent or representative
  • Mark uses a geographic name or indication
  • Mark contradicts morality or public order
Who can contest my trademark application?

Aggrieved and interested parties or just anyone can oppose a trademark application.

Is it possible to cancel a registration?

Yes. Registration of trademark is cancellable. Listed below are grounds for cancellation:

  • The mark did not meet the Use Requirements under Section VIII.A.
  • The mark was not used for 5 consecutive years without valid reasons
  • The proprietor’s inactivity resulted to the trademark becoming a generic term for the product or service that it was registered for
  • The mark is misleading the public about its quality, nature or origin of place
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

Trademark owners are secured of the following rights:

  • Right to use the mark exclusively
  • Right to appeal against subsequent confusingly similar applications
  • Right to appeal for subsequent confusingly similar registrations to be canceled
  • Right to file an infringement case in court against third parties
  • Right to receive damages/compensation from infringing parties
  • Right to license interested parties to use the mark
  • Right to appeal for counterfeit goods bearing the registered mark to be seized by customs officers
  • Right to appeal against third parties for creating a transliterated version of the registered mark
How long is the opposition period?

Interested parties may start appealing for the cancellation of a trademark application on the date it was published in the IP Journal. The opposition period will close 90 days after that date.

Is Belize a member of the Madrid System?

No. The Madrid Protocol and/or the Madrid Agreement is not effective in the jurisdiction of Belize.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

Any documents stating use of the mark are not mandatory.

When should I renew my trademark?

Renewals are made every 10 years computed from the last date of renewal.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date is counted 10 years from the date of filing of the application.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

When renewing a trademark in Belize, the owner is mandated to present two documents namely: declaration of use and power of attorney.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

Owners are given a 6-month grace period to restore expired trademarks.

Basic Questions
What is a trademark?

A trademark identifies products and services in order to distinguish them in the market. The name, the verbal element, is not the only component that distinguishes a trademark; figurative elements such as logos, design, images, colors and sounds also create an identity that can be protected through trademark registration.

 With the registration, the owner (person or company) becomes the owner of the trademark. The registration is given for a particular country/territory, for certain products or services and for a specific term. While the registration is in force, only the owner may use the trademark in the market where the trademark is registered.

 Some symbols to consider:

® Means the trademark is registered.

TM Some countries use this symbol to show that the trademark has been filed at the trademarks office and is still undergoing the registration process.

SM Some countries use this symbol to show that the service mark has been filed at the trademarks office and is still undergoing the registration process.

What is the difference between a trademark, patent and copyright ?

There are many ways to lay claim to your work. Trademarks, patents, and copyrights offer protection for owners of intellectual property. A trademark helps people find your goods and services. When recognized as a registered mark, it protects your right to exclusively use the image, logo, phrases, or words to distinguish your goods or a service in the market.

patent safeguards ideas and inventions. It gives a creator or inventor exclusive rights that prevent other people from making, using, or profiting in any way from an invention or creative innovation without the consent of the inventor.

You cannot patent an idea because we all have them. You must materialize your concept into a tangible invention, innovative product, device, or process that offers new solutions to a problem to secure a patent.

Copyright protect published, performed, or printed creative works. People who produce artistic or musical work seek to protect their “right” to stop others from “copying” what they do. Copyright protection protects any original creative works of authors including:

  1. a) artwork (2 or 3 dimensional),
  2. b) photographs, graphic drawings, and designs as well as other forms of creativity;
  3. c) songs, music, and sound recordings of all kinds;
  4. d) books, manuscripts, publications, and another written work; and
  5. e) plays, movies, shows, and other performance arts.


A trademark, patent, or copyright are all examples of ways you protect your intellectual property. Your right to control and benefit from your efforts are increasingly important in our global economy. Registering a formal claim to your property is a critical step in protecting what you own.

What is the difference between TM, SM, ® and other symbols?

You recognize a registered trademark by the symbol of a circle-R following the trademark name or graphic image. Various typographic symbols show copyrights and patents. The presence or absence of a symbol does not change the validity of the registration, but a best practice is to use a circle-R or circle-C for copyrights every time you mention your intellectual property in print. These symbols give legal grounds for claiming damages in trademark litigation. The following is a list of some typical marks you can use on a web page, in written content, or even in a marketing letter.

  • TM: The TM sign shows the brand name for an unregistered trademark classified as a product (classes 1 to 34). The owner uses this sign to mark what they believe is their brand mark.
  • SM: The SM sign is identical to the TM sign except it designates a service mark (classes 35 to 45).
  • ®: ®: Use the ® symbol once you register a trademark or service mark. It shows that the country authority has approved the registration.
  • ©: Use the © symbol to mark a copyright. The word copyright is substitute sign for Follow it with the year of the publication and owner's name. Use it whether the work has obtained copyright registration or not.
  • Patent Pending: The phrase Patent Pending shows that you filed a patent application but cannot guarantee the application's approval.
What are trademark classes?

Trademark Offices around the world use classes to divide commercial products and services into defined categories.  When you apply for your trademark to protect your brand, you must define the class or classes that you believe are best describe your business activity. 

There are 45 classes – 34 for products and 11 for services – which countries from around the world have standardized for international use under the 'Nice International Classification'.

These classes group all known products and services. You can register the same trademark if there are similar classes, for example, you may register the trademark KING for computers in class 23, and you can also register the same trademark in class 24 for cosmetics. 

Trademark protection only extends to commercial use within your specified classes.  It is possible, then for two entities conducting business in different classes to use identical or similar trademarks and for each entity to enjoy full trademark protection in their respective classes. You can choose multiple classes under which to conduct business if you feel the protection must extend beyond only one class.

You can perform a search of your class with the following tool Trademark Class Search

Trademark Search
Why do I need to perform a trademark search?

Once you have a product or service and think you have a name for it, how do you know you can use it as your own? What happens if you unintentionally use a registered trademark name? 

Too many people use a name without knowing if they have legal coverage, and they put up big marketing campaigns with names that later they find they cannot use. Performing a Comprehensive Search Study before you decide to register your brand mark is a wise decision especially when you consider future risks of litigation. 

It is a good idea to conduct a Study before you start doing business with a trademark.  It may not be in your best interest to use a mark if another company is already actively conducting business in the same class.  That company may be able to object to your use of the trademark and prohibit you from using the mark in a court of law.

Do I need an Attorney to perform a Trademark Search?

No, you don’t, but if you have little or no experience dealing with trademarks, we suggest you find professional help. Our company offers the service Trademark Comprehensive Study. The Study will give you details about the classes where might want to register your trademark, it will also list identical and similar trademarks, and finally, it will provide you an Attorney's recommendation about registration possibilities and use of your trademark.

Where can I perform a trademark search?

If you have some knowledge about trademark registration, you can search using any online trademark search tool. If not, we recommend hiring a trademark attorney or trademark service like to handle your trademark registration requirements, especially a trademark search because the entire process is complex and takes time.

Notice that if you do not complete the application process carefully, the registration process could be extended for many months and cost far more than you intended to pay. The trademark search is a critical part of the process.

A broad trademark search is essential in today's marketplace given the increasing number of unregistered and common law marks. Globalization of markets also raises the question of entering international markets and registration of marks in foreign countries to protect your brand and your property rights.

You need to understand that even a completed comprehensive trademark search does not guarantee acceptance and registration of your mark. A Trademark Comprehensive Study includes a more extensive review process and, more significantly, a formal opinion estimating the probability of your application's acceptance.

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