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).

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)

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.

Patent conversion to Utility Model in Argentina

Pickup’s World, Ltd. is an SME established in Dublin and founded by three industrial engineers, who shared a common passion: vehicle designing.

One of Pickup’s World’s partners, Alfred, who had worked for a leading German car manufacturer for several years, was aware of the increasing sales in pickup trucks of the company in the South American market. He was also aware of the repeated complaints received from clients in the region, especially in Argentina, about the cover for the open cargo area included at the back of trucks, deemed not secure enough.