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Belize patent application
Overview of patent applications in Belize:
Belize is a stable and democratic British country and a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization. Belize has fulfilled its obligations in the World Trade Organization and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. Patents can only be granted to inventions that are novel, inventive and can be applied to industry.
The patent grant date is the date of publication of the patent grant announcement, and the patent right expires 20 years after the date of filing the application. The annual patent fee must be paid before each anniversary of the filing date of the patent application to maintain the patent right. Failure to pay the annual fee within 6 months after each anniversary will result in the expiration of the patent right.
The Intellectual Property Office of Belize processes international patent applications in accordance with the Patent Cooperation Treaty and its related provisions and administrative directives.
Documents to be prepared by the applicant:
Details of application information (samples provided by the agency), stating the application items, applicant information, country to be applied for and time limit for submission, etc. Relevant materials of the previous application, including the request, acceptance notice, original patent application documents (claims, specifications, abstracts, drawings); Text of priority certificate; Existing technical information related to patent application; Power of attorney or small business statement and other documents.
In addition, when applying for a foreign patent, it is best to provide the instruction letter and the original application documents at least one month before the expiration of the priority period or the date of the instruction submission, so as to facilitate the preparation procedures.