Intellectual Property in Argentina: Tips for Protecting and Managing your IPRs in Unprecedented Times

The current situation has impacted SMEs operating in Latin America (or willing to do so), which may not know how they can still protect the innovative aspects of their business that allow them to commercialize safely and how to enforce their rights in a lockdown scenario.

At the same time, new opportunities arise in crucial sectors and European entrepreneurs that are intending to take advantage of them must know what are the key IP mechanisms they can benefit from.

International technology transfer – best practices and lessons learned

Technological cooperation between Europe and third countries has intensified over the past years. The European Commission has stimulated cooperation through various initiatives such as the participation in EC founded projects (like the International IP SME Helpdesks or the EU-Japan Techonology Transfer Helpdesk) or the opening of multiple European Enterprises Network offices around the world. 

Intellectual Property in Brazil: Tips for Protecting and Managing your IPRs in Unprecedented Times

The current situation has impacted SMEs operating in Latin America (or willing to do so), which may not know how they can still protect the innovative aspects of their business that allow them to commercialize safely and how to enforce their rights in a lockdown scenario.

At the same time, new opportunities arise in crucial sectors and European entrepreneurs that are intending to take advantage of them must know what are the key IP mechanisms they can benefit from.

IP for SMEs: protecting your IP at Trade Fairs in Europe and Latin America

With the advent of increasingly integrated global-value chains and the continuous drive to innovate, trade fairs have become one of the most important and most efficient instruments for accessing new markets worldwide. Although attending a trade fair or exhibition can reap substantial benefits, SMEs should be aware of the possible risks for their Intellectual Property protected -or protectable- creations, products and services that are implied.

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.

WIPO launches the PATENTSCOPE Covid-19 Index

WIPO has just launched a new search facility index for their PATENTCOPE Database dure to the current COVID-19 spread. 

Thanks to the index, users (scientists, engineers, public health policymakers, industry actors and members of the general public) will be able to access easily to information contained in published patent documents for improving the prevention, detection and treatment for disease like the new coronavirus.

All the information is accessible in 6 different languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

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.

How can EU SMEs in Latin America take advantage of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Patents registered in Europe, being territorial rights, have no legal effect in any of the countries in Latin America. However, through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) it is possible to seek simultaneous patent protection for an invention in several countries by filing a single “international” patent application instead of filing separate national applications.