Managing your IP in the Medical Device Sector

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In order to succeed in this challenging, highly competitive industry, innovation and creativity are crucial. The medical device field is an IPR-intensive industry, with an above-average use of IPR per employee, as compared to other industries that use IPRs.

Furthermore, inventors and companies active in this field should note that due to the typically short lifecycle of these types of products (usually 18-24 months before an improved product becomes available), to adopt a carefully planned IP strategy is of paramount importance.

This infographic offers you an overview of the most commonly used IP rights in the sector as well as some basic information to bear in mind before commercialising your products in the Latin American countries.

Best practices when negotiating technology transfer in Latin America

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When a business is scaled at international level, the introduction of products or services into a new market may involve the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and know-how in the new territory, which entails specific challenges.

This infographic explains the most common ways of exploiting your IPRs and some practical tips to take into account when negotiating your IP in Latin America.

Virtual event - Exportbeurs 2021

Every two years, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) organizes the Export Fair, the event for Flemish companies that are active abrod or want to become internationally active. In 2021, the Export Fair is organised as a digital event. 

The International IP Helpdesks will be ready to reply to any question you may have on how to best protect your brand, innovations and technologies in Latin America, China and South East Asia. Visit our virtual booth!

Intellectual Property in the fashion industry and the IP helpdesks for European SMEs

Join us for this workshop during the EU Fashion Match 10.0 online matchmaking organised by the Chamber of Commerce Netherlands (KVK), member of the Enterprise Europe Network!

During the session: SME support for Fashion Industry European Union, we will talk about the role of Intellectual Property in the fashion industry and we will explore key aspects of IP protection for European companies in the Latin American and Indian markets together with the expert of the India IP SME Helpdesk.

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.

Paraguay adheres to the international treaties of Nice and Locarno

DINAPI Paraguay recently published that Paraguay adheres itself to the two WIPO-administered international treaties:

- The Nice Agreement establishes a classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks (the Nice Classification).

- The Locarno Agreement establishes a classification for industrial designs (the Locarno Classification).

10 basic IP tips to succeed abroad

Where should I register to be fully protected? Do I need to appoint a local representative to register in a foreign country? How can I detect IP Rights that might hinder my internationalisation strategy? These Intellectual Property-related questions are some of the most frequently asked ones by EU SMEs that are struggling to correctly plan to go abroad.

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)