EUIPO's new online tool for GIs search: GIview

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.

Daren Tang WIPO's new Director General

As of 1 October 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has officially a new Director General: Daren Tang. 

His six-year mandate will be marked by, in his own words, a more inclusive, balanced, vibrant and forward-looking global IP ecosystem. 

Mr. Tang is the fifth Director General of WIPO, following Mr. Gurry of Australia (2008-2020), Mr. Kamil Idris of Sudan (1997-2008), Mr. Arpad Bogsch of the United States (1973-1997) and Mr. Georg Bodenhausen of the Netherlands (1970-1973).

EUIPO guidelines available now in the 23 EU languages

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has just made available their Trade mark and Industrial Design Guidelines in the 23 languages of the EU.

The EUIPO’s current trade mark and design practice is reflected in a series of Guidelines for Examination that are intended to help both our users and our staff in charge of the various procedures.

To access the Trade mark guidelines, please refer to this link.

Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative - Focus on IPR

Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII) is a collaboration between Sweden and Brazil with the aim of increasing innovation collaborations between industry and research organizations in the two countries. As a part of this collaboration, there is an open call at Vinnova, together with Brazilian EMBRAPII, to fund a number of innovation projects in the following focus areas: health, smart cities, bioeconomy and mining.

Webinar - Torino Fashion Match 2020

Fashion goes virtual - and the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk joins in with a new webinar!

Torino FashionMatch 2020 is the innovative and international format that facilitates the creation of business agreements within the Fashion Industry. It is the perfect platform to make new business connections and explore international market opportunities - and that makes knowing the legal landscape for protecting your designs and IPs essential even before you go.

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 has just published the 2020 review on the PCT, Madrid System and Hague System

WIPO has just published their usual yearly reviews on the PCT, the Madrid System and the Hague System.

These three documens comprise facts, figures and analysis on each one of the different international registration systems.

To access the PCT yearly review 2020, please refer to the following link.

To access the Madrid yearly review 2020, please refer to the following link.

New EUIPO's Trade mark focus Report

EUIPO has just published a new report on the evolution of demand for EU trade marks (EUTMs) from 2010-2019.

This report is a striking illustration of the value to this IP right in the modern economy. It also shows the varied changes that have taken place over this last decade.

If you ar an EU SME, EUIPO stresses the scale of the challenge in encouraging the EU SMEs to make more effective use of their IP rights. EUIPO highlights the important role of EU SMEs when adressing specific requirements that need to be addressed to them.