Glenn D. Godfrey & Co. LLP are leading Belize Intellectual Property Lawyers. Experienced in the registration & protection of all intellectual property types in Belize including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. We represent some of the largest domestic and global corporations operating within Belize.
Belize has recently enacted excellent laws for the protection of intellectual property including copyright trademarks, patents, layout designs (topographies) of integrated circuits, industrial designs and new plant varieties. Belize is also a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization and is a signatory to numerous international intellectual property conventions.
The law firm of Glenn D. Godfrey & Co. LLP offers complete and thorough counsel and assistance in the registration (if available) and protection of all types of intellectual properties in Belize. In addition, the firm provides representation associated with the protection of intellectual property rights in administrative or judicial proceedings.
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Intellectual Property is a type of legal claim that permits its holder to regulate the utilization of certain intangible concepts and expressions. The term intellectual property reflects the concept that after established, such entitlements are usually treated by courts, particularly in common law jurisdictions, as if they were tangible property. the foremost common types of intellectual property are patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. It additionally entails an entitlement to enforce incorporeal rights in mental creations like inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, and pictures utilized in business or social-networking forums.
The Patents Act, Chapter 253, of the Laws of Belize regulates the creation and registration of Patents in Belize. A patent is the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention for a specified period of time. It’s the legal title of ownership awarded to safeguard an invention. An invention is a product or process that creates a unique method for doing a particular thing or creates a technical solution to a problem. The primary benefit of a patent is that it protects a patent owner from the commercial exploitation of his or her invention without the patent owner’s consent. The patent owner may grant permission to someone or authorize him or her to exploit his or her invention by granting a patent license. The patent owner may also enforce his or her patent rights in the local courts of Belize.
The second type of Intellectual Property is Copyright. Copyright is the legal protection awarded to the creator of an original piece of artistic or literary work. It covers theatre/plays, movies, musical compositions, artistic works (e.g. paintings, photos, and sculptures) and architectural design. This is the exclusive privilege granted to perform, permit, or veto certain acts in relation to the Copyrighted material. Copyright is regulated by the Belize Copyright Act, Chapter 252 of the Laws of Belize. Submitting a copyright application safeguards your legal claim to your intellectual property. Although a copyright is created the instant your work has been created, it doesn’t guarantee total protection of your work. Only by filing your copyright can you secure the right to pursue damages for any copyright violation of your work. Once you have applied for copyright protection you can pursue statutory damages and legal costs against anybody using your work without permission.
The Trademarks Act, Chapter 257, Laws of Belize considers a trademark to be a sign which distinguishes the goods or services. The registration of a trademark gives the holder the sole right to use such a mark to identify his goods and/or services for a period of 10 years (subject to renewal). The protection of trademarks is also enforced by the Supreme Court of Belize and is directed at eliminating unfair competitors. The Belize laws are drafted in such a way to ensure that counterfeit and infringing goods are confiscated and forfeited upon importation.
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Our law firm was founded in 1979 by Glenn D. Godfrey, a former Attorney General, Minister of Tourism and Environment and Member of the Belize National Assembly, who has more than thirty years of experience in the legal, political and international business community in Belize. We represent some of the largest domestic and global corporations doing business in and from within Belize.
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