Intellectual Property and Copyright in Mexico

Your intellectual property in Mexico

Mexico has always been seen as a land brimming with growth opportunities. Whether it's Real Estate agencies or construction companies crafting living spaces or dreamy retirement spots, or vacation rental businesses benefiting from the influx of tourists in hotspots like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Tulum, starting a business in Mexico offers a rich tapestry of possibilities.

With various enterprises sprouting in Mexico, staying ahead of potential competitors becomes essential.

Securing your business name and protecting your product or idea are vital steps, aligning with Mexico’s legal framework, especially in terms of intellectual property law.

At Lorad, our range of business consulting services includes helping you check the availability of your future entity's name with the assistance of our knowledgeable trademark lawyers, and of course, protecting intellectual property of companies.

Intellectual Property protection in Mexico

Operating or starting a business in Mexico involves navigating intricate intellectual property laws to safeguard your hard work and innovations as your own. With over two decades of legal expertise nestled in the heart of Riviera Maya, our team is uniquely positioned to offer the intellectual property protection in Mexico that you need to thrive in this country.

We comprehend the nuances of intellectual property law in Mexico and extend customized services to aid international companies, SMEs, and entrepreneurs in effectively securing their intellectual assets from misappropriation and infringement.

Safeguarding your intellectual property in Mexico holds immense significance, particularly in a landscape bustling with competitive enterprises. The risk of intellectual property theft in Mexico is a significant concern that requires careful attention.

We handle a wide range of intellectual property services, such as:

Trademark Protection: Registering your brand name or logo as a trademark in Mexico intellectual property rights can prevent competitors from using similar branding that could confuse customers or dilute your brand's identity.

Patent Registration: If your business revolves around a unique product or invention, securing a patent in Mexico would prevent other companies from copying or using your idea without permission.
Copyrights: Creative works such as software, literary works, music, and art are all vulnerable. Securing copyrights in Mexico offers protection against unauthorized reproduction or distribution of such works.

Through our dedicated management and expert legal guidance, we are committed to protecting your intellectual creations, ensuring your business retains its unique edge and competitive advantage in the Mexican market.

We blend professional legal insight with a deep appreciation for the region and its heritage, aiming to assist you in navigating the distinctive complexities of this area effectively.

Copyright in Mexico

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) protects industrial and intellectual property (copyright) through the Federal Copyright Law (Ley Federal del Derecho de Autor) and the Federal Law of Protection of Industrial Property (Ley Federal de Protección a la Propiedad Industrial).

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) traces its roots to 1993, when the Mexican government established it as a response to the increasing importance of intellectual and industrial property rights in the global market. IMPI was formed to create a robust framework for protecting these rights and fostering innovation and creativity in Mexico.

Over the years, IMPI has played a pivotal role in granting patents, registering trademarks, and providing legal protection to owners against infringement.

Its operations have been instrumental in shaping Mexico's industrial and economic growth, as well as its cultural development by safeguarding artistic and literary works. Today, IMPI continues to adapt and evolve, recognizing the dynamic needs of inventors, creators, and enterprises in the digital age.

IMPI, protector of Mexican copyright law

The IMPI is empowered to impose penalties and collect resulting tax credits from violations. Moreover, it conducts searches related to copyright or industrial property, including trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property protected by IMPI.

In Mexico, safeguarding your intellectual property (IP) is of paramount importance due to the heightened risk of theft. It goes beyond being a mere option; it is an indispensable measure to shield your innovative concepts and creations. Our proactive approach is dedicated to effectively mitigating these risks.

Navigating the intricate legal landscape of Mexico can indeed be a complex task. However, with our team of highly specialized IP attorneys, you can rest assured of expert guidance tailored to ensure full compliance with the country's multifaceted legislation.

Rely on us to skillfully navigate you through Mexico's legal framework, offering not just peace of mind but also comprehensive protection for your intellectual property assets.


How to protect your intellectual property in Mexico

Registering your brand is easy, fast, and secure. It offers several benefits like: 

  • It becomes an intangible asset for your company
  • Extends protection throughout the national territory
  • Grants the right to use symbols like R (Registered) or MR (Registered Mark)
  • Allows licensing of the brand
  • Provides the ability to collect royalties from those allowed to use it.

For a brand to be registered, it must be different from others and not fall into the exceptions defined in the Industrial Property Law.

Before submitting a registration request, it's recommended to search in the External Consultation Service on Brand Information, to ensure compliance with intellectual property regulations in Mexico.

Brand registration covers the initial 10 years of protection. It's important to note that brand registration is territorial; it is protected in the country where it was requested and registered.

If you aim to protect your brand in different countries, the "Madrid Protocol" system can simplify the application process in member countries. In Mexico, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) is the authorized body for brand registration.

Don't leave your intellectual property vulnerable to theft! Contact our firm, where our team of intellectual property expert lawyers will diligently conduct patent and trademark searches, assess registration prospects in Mexico, and guide you in unlocking potential profits.

Protect your ideas with us today!

Frequently Answered Questions

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) is in charge of registering patents and all kinds of intellectual property. Patents can include any invention or newly created formula for making anything. The advantage of owning your patent is that the law backs you off when you want to make money out of it in different ways: either by creating the products, leasing licenses to third parties, or creating a lawsuit against the person or company who pretends to steal it. Registering a patent is not very expensive, and it can save you much money.