Brazil enhances the recognition of renowned Trade marks

After Brazil ratified the Madrid Protocol, the registration of Trade marks at the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade (INPI) and the recognition of high renown trade marks has a less strict criterion. In order to become a high renown trade mark in Brazil: after registration, marks have to go through a specific proceeding at INPI, which will get them a declaration of high renown valid for 10 years.

More than 100 renowned trade marks are already benefiting from this unique protection in Brazil.

Uruguay ratifies the Singapore Treaty

Uruguay has ratified the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks. From April 21st, Uruguay will become the 51st Member to this treaty.

With this ratification, Uruguay becomes the second member to the Singapore Treaty from Latin America, after Peru.

The objective of the Singapore Treaty is to create a modern and dynamic international framework for the harmonization of administrative trade mark registration procedures. 

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.

IP Rights for EU SMEs in Brazil - Energy and Environment Sector

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 Brazil focused on the energy and environment sector. SMEs will also be provided expert tips and watch-outs to bear in mind when entering the Latin-American country.

How To Protect Your Trade Mark in China, South-East Asia & Latin America through the Madrid System

The Madrid System, administered by WIPO, 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. Recently Malaysia joined the Madrid system, with this addition expect Myanmar all SEA countries are member of the Madrid system.

During this webinar, the IP expert Mr. Simon Cheetham (IP Expert of the China and SEA Helpdesks) and Mr. Eli Salis (IP Expert of the Latin America Helpdesk) offer tips and recommendations on how to utilise the Madrid System to manage your trade mark portfolio when internationalising to China, SEA and Latin America.

Peru's INDECOPI report for 2019

The Peruvian National Institute for the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) has issued this week a report on the activities it has carried out during the year 2019.

For the third year in a row the number of trade mark registrations has raised, reaching 36 259 in 2019. The rise is particularly important for collective trade marks the number of which has increased by 316.4%.