Patent conversion to Utility Model in Argentina

Pickup’s World, Ltd. is an SME established in Dublin and founded by three industrial engineers, who shared a common passion: vehicle designing.

One of Pickup’s World’s partners, Alfred, who had worked for a leading German car manufacturer for several years, was aware of the increasing sales in pickup trucks of the company in the South American market. He was also aware of the repeated complaints received from clients in the region, especially in Argentina, about the cover for the open cargo area included at the back of trucks, deemed not secure enough.

Idea/expression dichotomy in Ecuador

Sam and Daisy, two young French artists, started negotiations with Cherryland, a well-known Ecuadorian company that organises outdoor activities.

The parties held several meetings in Quito and, after analysing the whole portfolio, Cherryland’s representatives selected eight of the artists’ plays, which had all previously been registered in the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Office (SENADI). Eventually, however, the Latin American company only bought rights for three of them and requested the right to adapt another one for a new project.

Users can now pay the Trade mark appeal fees online at INAPI Chile

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.

Trade secrets as a competitive advantage when internationalising

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Do you know what a trade secret is? A trade secret is any confidential or industrial information that confers a competitive advantage to a company.

Check our infographic "Trade secrets as a competitive advantage when internationalising" to know more about the differences between patents and trade secrets, and also pro tips to benefit from your secret information.

EUIPO and EURid begin a closer collaboration to help EU SMEs

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the registry manager of the .eu and .ею (EURid) have begun a closer collaboration in order to support applicants and owners (particularly EU SMEs) with their trade marks and domain names.

The EUIPO and EURid will establish a reciprocal process in which applicants will be advised whether the domain name is available in the EU when registering their EU Trade mark, and the other way round.

IMPI Mexico launches new tool for online trade marks procedures

IMPI Mexico has just launched a new tool for users to register their Trade marks online and carry out the corresponding procedures.

This new tool will be available to users during and after the current Covid-19 spread. Thanks to the tool users will save transfer time and user resources to send documentation.

The purpose of the new tool is to avoid saturations that could compromise compliance with the healthy distance measures, during the contingency, but also after this period.

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 launches a new patent search tool

INAPI has recently announce the implementation of a new tool, which allows users to search for patents registered since June 2014.

This new tool gives access to all digital patent files from this year 2014. To that purpose, users will have to get a "Clave Única" (Unique Key) From the Civil Registry Offices.

Thanks to this tool, users will be able to access to the data from all their patent process online, avoiding any documents to be printed at INAPI or the need to be present at the Office.

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.