Intellectual Property for EU SMEs: Mexico's landscape

Mexico has changed a lot in term of Intellectual Property. New Trademark and Design regulations provide new business opportunities that must be known by SMEs that want to succeed in the Latin American country.

This webinar aims to give an overview about the current situation as regards Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation as well as to provide practical information about the registration and enforcement of the main IPRs in Mexico.

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.

IMPI Mexico joins the Hague system (available from June 2020)

Mexico has become a member of the Hague system. Companies will benefit from this system on 6 June 2020.

Mexico is the first Spanish-speaking country in Latin America to join the Hague System concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs and becomes also the 64th member of the 1999 Act and 74th member of the Hague Union.

To read more, please be referred to WIPO's website.

 

Be up-to-date with the situation of the main IP Offices in Latin America (Covid-19 spread)

ClarkeModet has just published a new information page in which changes announcements on the main IP Offices in Latin America are being updated.

The following information can be found:

- Process availability (On-site and online)

- Exceptional measures taken

- Official note

Latin America IP Offices that are being updated: INPI Argentina, INPI Brazil, INAPI Chile, SIC Colombia, IMPI Mexico, INDECOPI Peru, DNPI Uruguay and SAPI Venezuela. EPO, EUIPO and WIPO are also updated through the link below.

POSTPONED Mexico City - La innovación y los aspectos únicos de su empresa: propiedad intelectual en México

Este evento ha sido pospuesto.

México es uno de los grandes aliados comerciales para los europeos, siendo el tercer país que más importa desde Europa (principalmente, equipo de transporte, maquinaria y aplicaciones, productos minerales e instrumentos ópticos y fotográficos).

Protection of non-Traditional Trade Marks in Mexico

GalakTic, an Irish SME engaged in the beverage industry, has been successfully commercialising their drink in Europe for 5 years. They have decided to launch their product in Mexico. The distinctive shape of the bottle and the brand name used in Europe are to be used in Mexico too, as will be a new jingle specifically created for the Mexican advertising campaigns.

The name of the product was already registered as a trade mark in the EU, and the shape of the bottle was registered as a design in the EU 5 years ago.

Customs database in Mexico

Based in Cork, Brenan LTD is an Irish manufacturer popular among the English and Irish consumers for its kitchen tools. The company is commercialising a new product, which is expected to be released in Mexico soon through a local distributor. The owner has already obtained trade mark protection in Europe and is now considering whether to protect it in Mexico or wait to see how the commercialisation goes.

The company has already been warned about potential risks of counterfeiting if they fail to properly protect their products in Mexico.