The Chilean Chamber of Deputies (lower house) has just approved and sent to the Senate (upper house) the protocol concerning the Madrid Agreement, relative to the International Registration of Trademarks.
The text states that, due to its characteristics, its greater flexibility, and the number of members, it is proposed that Chile adheres to the Protocol of the Madrid Agreement and not to the Agreement, since it is the route followed by the countries that have joined the system in the recent twelve years.
The draft Agreement that approves in Chile the Protocol concerning the Madrid Agreement, relative to the international registration of trademarks, has entered into the first constitutional procedure for ratification.
The Madrid System is a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trademarks worldwide. Users may file a single application and pay one set of fees to apply for protection in up to 123 countries.
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.
The Republic of Costa Rica has just ratified the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The Treaty will enter into force in Costa Rica on 13 February 2021.
4 Latin American countries (Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Peru) are already members of the Treaty.
Colombia, Costa Rica (new), Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua have already signed it.
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.
The Chilean Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial (INAPI) has just become a member of the Global PPH Patent Program (GPPH).
This July 2020, INAPI joined the network with the rest of the 26 members (including Colombia and Peru) of the Global PPH network. This pilot program allows applicants to benefit from an accelerated patent examination, by request, among the 27 participating offices of the GPPH.
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.
Renewable Energies have experienced a relevant increase within the last two decades and Latin America countries are placing great expectation in non-conventional energy sources at short, medium and long term. In fact, EU SMEs interested in these industries have in Brazil, Mexico or Colombia some of their main destination countries, as the Latin American countries represents a huge market full of potential clients for EU companies that are willing to go international.