Brazilian Priority Patent Applications grow in 2020 thanks to the PPH

INPI Brazil has already received 983 priority patent applications, already more than the 955 received during the entire 2019 year. 

This growth comes mainly from the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) applications. The increase from 268 PPH applications in 2019 to 340 by October 2020 can be explained because the PPH started to accept patent processes in any technological field.

The PPH allow users to take advantage of an effective reduction in patent pendency, by shortening the examination process.

IMPI's new platform for Patents Associated with Medicines

The Mexican Federal Law for the Protection of Industrial Property enters into force on 5 November 2020, which will mean a big step in the transparency of drug patents.

It will also mean the implementation on IMPI's website of a new smart search engine (by the end of 2020) with two different search tools: 

-  "Buscador general"  (General search engine)

- "Patentes próximas a vencer" (Next patents to expire)

Virtual Event - Circular Economy B2B Northern States of Mexico

The Circular Economy Forum (CEF) to the Northern States of Mexico is an initiative of the European Union, represented by the European Union Delegation to Mexico. It counts with the active collaboration of the Mexican Employers' Confederation (COPARMEX) Delegation Chihuahua.

The event platform allows the organization of B2B meetings between Mexican and European companies.

The Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk expert will meet you there and provide you information on how to protect your intellectual property rights in Mexico.

The importance of IP in internationalization strategies: road to Latin America

More and more companies are moving in international environments in which it is essential to consider some aspects of the protection of copyright, trademarks and patents.

By granting exclusive rights on the use of an invention or creation, IP rights give their holders several advantages, which properly exploited can be used to bring highly competitive products to the market, increase market share and
revenues.

WIPO has just published the 2020 review on the PCT, Madrid System and Hague System

WIPO has just published their usual yearly reviews on the PCT, the Madrid System and the Hague System.

These three documens comprise facts, figures and analysis on each one of the different international registration systems.

To access the PCT yearly review 2020, please refer to the following link.

To access the Madrid yearly review 2020, please refer to the following link.

IP mediation on trade marks

LaGalguita is a Spanish SME that sells its own line of cosmetics: make-up, skincare, hand creams and body creams. After its success in Spain, Portugal and Italy, the brand decided to target Latin America, starting with Argentina and Mexico. For that purpose, the SME filed for trade mark registration in both countries.

Trade secrets as a competitive advantage when internationalising

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Do you know what a trade secret is? A trade secret is any confidential or industrial information that confers a competitive advantage to a company.

Check our infographic "Trade secrets as a competitive advantage when internationalising" to know more about the differences between patents and trade secrets, and also pro tips to benefit from your secret information.