Panama

Please contact our LAM-office for more information about our services in Panama:

React Latin America
O´Higgins 2062, 4th Floor
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
T +5411 4896 2751
Contact: Ms Estela de Luca
latinamerica@react.org


The strategic importance of Panama, is primarily due to the existence of the Colon Free Zone, from which are re-exported products to Latin America & Caribbean countries. The Colon Free Zone is the most important trade free zone of the world, after Hong Kong, re-exporting its goods toward larger markets such as Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Caribbean countries. Also Panama has an interoceanic canal between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic sea and a high containers traffic through its four ports, located in both sides of the Panama Canal. Many of these containers are seized in transit, for transporting counterfeit goods to other countries. This is the reason why international organizations and law enforcement agencies such as World Customs Organization (WCO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNDOC), Interpol, US FBI, US Homeland Security, US Immigrants and Customs Enforcement and others, have focused their attention on the importance of Panama, as a first line of defense against counterfeiting of products originating in Asia, particularly from mainland China.

Our services in Panama

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlements
  • Appearing in hearings in enforcement procedures
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing civil complaints
  • Drafting and filing of administrative complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Drafting and filing preliminary injunctions
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Follow up out-of-court procedures (C&D-letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Handling court proceedings (appeals and civil claims)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing the transportation, storage, destruction and, wherever possible, the recycling of counterfeit products
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Representing Members at training sessions

Country Procedures

  • Customs application available
  • Customs application is valid until the registered trademark remains valid
  • Customs will act ex officio
  • Deadline for response to Customs notification of detention is 3 days to take intervention and request a sample of seized goods and 5 days more to oppose to the transit of goods
  • After seizure, importer could immediately request the release of goods; there are no fixed deadlines
  • Local authorities tasked with taking actions against infringers are: customs, IP Legal Department of Colon Free Zone, IP National Prosecution Office (supported by IP Police Unit and Police Special Investigations Unit) and the Court
  • Remedies available by law: seizure of goods, imprisonment, banned from leaving the country, suspension of commercial license, attachment of bank accounts and properties etc.
  • Proof of knowledge of counterfeiting is not required
  • Interim injunctions, contributory liability remedy, damages and costs are all available