Global Innovation Index 2020

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.

WIPO's new Madrid Application Assistant enhance international filings

WIPO has just implemented "Madrid Application Assistant", an electronic version of the official MM2 form that you must use to file an international application under the Madrid System. It allows users to import directly from the Office of origin’s national/regional trade marks database all the required information for their future international application. 

Its main benefits, according to WIPO, are:

- It is a simple process, in comparison with the previous platform

- Faster completion

Intellectual Property in Latin America in the clean-tech sector: a look on how to identify your IP and exploit your creations

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.

Colombia becomes a member of the OECD

Colombia has officially become the 37th member to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The OECD is an international organisation that works to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all.

Latin America has now three countries in the OECD: Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

To read more (in Spanish), please be referred to SIC Colombia's website.

How To Protect Your Trade Mark in Latin America through the Madrid System

The Madrid System is a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trade marks worldwide.

The system allows brand owners to protect their trade marks in up to 122 countries by filing one application, using one language (English, French or Spanish) and paying one set of fees.

This webinar looks into Trade Mark registration through the Madrid system and its main features.

Understanding the basics of Intellectual Property Rights in Colombia: a practical approach to SMEs

Colombia is a member of the Andean Community and a key EU trade partner.

Besides its well-known reputation as a coffee exporter, Colombia is also the third country with the largest area of arable land for fruit (7.5 million tons per year) and the seventh for vegetables (1.8 million tons per year) in Latin America. But there are many more sectors that represent a good business opportunity for EU SMEs with innovative ideas that provide them a competitive advantage.

Beijing Treaty enters into force

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."

INAPI Chile and IMPI Mexico another year in the top 10 World IP Offices

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.

Intellectual Property in Latin America: key mechanisms to protect your business

The webinar aims to give an overview to the European SMEs on how they can best protect their Intellectual Property on Latin-American markets (focused on Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru). The expert will provide practical information on how to register, protect and enforce Trademark rights in the region and how to effectively protect the logo of the company or the product, as well as how to proceed as to the inventions, designs and copyright-protectable contents.