Chile is one step closer to ratify the Madrid Protocol

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.

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?

Chile begins ratification of the Protocol concerning the Madrid Agreement

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.

SIC Colombia and EPO sign Cooperation Agreement

The EPO and the Colombian Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) have signed an Enhanced Cooperation Agreement to achieve advanced collaboration that will strengthen the work of the SIC in the field of patents, by taking advantage of the search results in the state of the art and the examinations carried out by the EPO.

The Cooperation will have a duration of 5 years and will contribute to the quality and efficiency of the patentability studies carried out by the SIC.

Streaming wars in Brazil

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has just published a creative economy note on the streaming wars currently going on in the Brazilian market.

In Brazil streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix or Claro Video are fighting for new subscribers (let's not forget about the new streaming service "Disney+" too), that is why WIPO has carried out a reasearch to check whether exclusive content in Brazil is increasing piracy, whether it means less financing for individual movies and what this means for policy.

Virtual Event - Sweden-Brazil Matchmaking

The Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII) is a collaboration between Sweden and Brazil with the aim of increasing innovation collaborations between industry and research organizations in the two countries. As a part of this collaboration, there is an open call at Vinnova, together with Brazilian EMBRAPII, to fund a number of innovation projects in the following focus areas: health, smart cities, bioeconomy and mining.

WIPO's new Madrid Application Assistant enhance international filings

WIPO has just implemented "Madrid Application Assistant", an electronic version of the official MM2 form that you must use to file an international application under the Madrid System. It allows users to import directly from the Office of origin’s national/regional trade marks database all the required information for their future international application. 

Its main benefits, according to WIPO, are:

- It is a simple process, in comparison with the previous platform

- Faster completion

INAPI Chile joins the Global PPH Patent Program

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.