A new Industrial Property Law became effective in Guatemala on 1 November 2000. Provision is now made for claiming priority under the Paris Convention and certified priority documents may be filed up to 15 months after the priority date. Late submission of outstanding documentation is permitted (2 months from filing date for patents). The term of patents is now 20 years from filing date. Designs now have a 10 year term calculated from filing date, extensible to 15 years. Applications which were pending on 1 November 2000 will also benefit from these provisions, when granted.