The EUIPO has just launched a new online search tool containing all geographical indications (GIs) protected at European Union level.
It also contains detailed information on non-EU GIs protected at EU level through bilateral and multilateral agreements, and on EU GIs protected in non-EU countries.
This new tool includes searches from the following countries in Latin America: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela.
The Republic of Costa Rica has just ratified the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The Treaty will enter into force in Costa Rica on 13 February 2021.
4 Latin American countries (Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Peru) are already members of the Treaty.
Colombia, Costa Rica (new), Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua have already signed it.
WIPO releases their Global Innovation Index 2020 with the focus on "Who Will Finance Innovation?". It is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as co-publishers, and their Knowledge Partners
In accordance with this new publication, the three top innovative countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are: 1) Chile, 2) Mexico, and 3) Costa Rica.
The Chilean Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial (INAPI) has just become a member of the Global PPH Patent Program (GPPH).
This July 2020, INAPI joined the network with the rest of the 26 members (including Colombia and Peru) of the Global PPH network. This pilot program allows applicants to benefit from an accelerated patent examination, by request, among the 27 participating offices of the GPPH.
INAPI Chile has made available to users to pay their trade mark appeal fees online.
This advance occurs within the framework of compliance with the requirements for filing appeals, against resolutions issued in trademark procedures. Due to this reason, now users are allowed to pay in person the fees associated with appeal resources.
To read more, please be referred to INAPI's website.
Renewable Energies have experienced a relevant increase within the last two decades and Latin America countries are placing great expectation in non-conventional energy sources at short, medium and long term. In fact, EU SMEs interested in these industries have in Brazil, Mexico or Colombia some of their main destination countries, as the Latin American countries represents a huge market full of potential clients for EU companies that are willing to go international.
The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances has just entered into force on 28 April 2020.
Actors, singers, musicians and dancers are expected to get more rights out of their work thanks to this new Treaty. In words of WIPO's Director General, Francis Gurry "Many of the actors and other performers in our beloved series and movies are essentially gig workers, without long-term salaries, equity stakes or great fame. The Beijing Treaty helps give these performers more rights to their work, which in turn boosts their personal revenues."
The World Trademark Review (WTR) has ranked INAPI Chile as the 6th most innovative IP Office in the world in 2020, and IMPI Mexico 8th. Singapore IP Office was the winner this year, being ranked 1st.
The WTR is a well-recognised website and magazine covering commercial and international practice of trademark law.
In addition, SIC Colombia and INDECOPI Peru were both ranked 20th and INPI Brazil 24th.