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WIPO's theme for this year is "Reach for gold: IP and sports"

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) celebrates every year the Intellectual Property day, 26th of April, with a new theme.

WIPO's Director General, Francis Gurry, posted a video on the same day with the new theme for 2019: "Reach for gold: IP and sports". In this video, Mr Gurry stresses the importance of Intellectual Property in the world of sports, for instance, in broadcasting.

To read more about this or watch the video, please be referred to WIPO's website.

Indecopi opens a new communication channel for users wiling to know more about patents

Indecopi created in February "Whatsapp patenta", which is a whatsapp number for users who have questions related to patents, utility models or designs.

This number will be actively answering questions Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 17:30 (UTC-5:00).

Foreign institutions are also invited to use this new communication channel.

For more information in Spanish, please be referred to the following link.

INPI Brazil published its first Manual of Industrial Design

With the aim of supporting IP users in the process of filing an Industrial Design, the INPI Brazil issued a manual which provides guidelines for the filing of design applications and following-up on processes, helping examiners, prosecutors and users in general. This guide informs also about the examination criteria of this IP office in relation the Industrial Design.

The manual is available in Portuguese on INPI´s website (here).

INPI Brazil increases its numbers in granted patents, trademarks and industrial designs

According to the last statistics from INPI, the Brazilian Office closed the year 2018 with a strong increase in comparison with the year 2017 in the numbers of granted patents (+77%), registered trademarks (+55.5%) and registration of industrial designs (+40.3%). The backlog of pending orders in patents, trademarks and industrial designs has decreased considerably.