INPI Brazil's new Handbook on GIs

INPI Brazil has just published the first edition of their Manual de Indicações Geográficas (Geographical Indications Handbook). The "Manual" will enter into force on 1 February 2021.

This new handbook contains guidelines and recommendations to users and examiners of the INPI, about the procedures and examination guidelines, as well as relevant technical definitions.

Is your company interested in GI protection in Brazil?

EUIPO's new online tool for GIs search: GIview

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.

IP Systems Comparative: Brazil vs Europe

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The type of IP rights covered and the scope of their protection in Brazil is very similar to that in Europe. Brazil offers reasonable standards of IPR protection and there is an increased engagement of local authorities, even if progress is still expected, especially regarding IPR enforcement.

Factsheet IP Systems Comparative: Colombia vs Europe

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The type of IP protection in Colombia is very similar to that in Europe. Still, some differences do exist as regards the duration, geographical extent, and basic protection requirements.

This IP guide outlines the main differences between the EU IP legal environment and Colombia´s legal framework in order to efficiently manage your intellectual property assets in this country.

IP Systems Comparative: Argentina vs Europe

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The type of IP protection in Argentina is very similar to that in Europe. Still, some differences do exist as regards the duration, geographical extent, and basic protection requirements.

This IP guide outlines the main differences between the EU IP legal environment and Argentina's legal framework in order to efficiently manage your intellectual property assets in Argentina.

WIPO's Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement has entered into force

WIPO's Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement has just entered into force with 5 contracting parties: EU, Albania, Cambodia, South Korea and Samoa. 

From the Latin American region, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Peru have already ratified it.

The Lisbon Agreement refers to the International Registration of Appellations of Origin, offering applicants the possibility of obtaining protection for an appellation of origin in contracting parties to the Lisbon Agreement through a single registration and one set of fees.

The Lisbon Agreement enters into force in Dominican Republic

As of January 17, 2020, Dominican Republic has become the 30th member to the Lisbon Agreement.

The Lisbon Agreement refers to the International Registration of Appellations of Origin, offering applicants the possibility of obtaining protection for an appellation of origin in contracting parties to the Lisbon Agreement through a single registration and one set of fees.

To read more, please be referred to WIPO's website.

Enhancing tourism experience through IP: smart tourism in Latin America

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Have you ever thought of the benefits of combining new technologies and tourism? This infographic will give you an insight on how to apply Intellectual Property to tourism related business.