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.

IP management in the Machinery sector in Latin America

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The machinery sector is of extreme importance to the global economy considering it supports the basic operation of other industries. It improves efficiency and helps save time and money.

This Factsheet provides you with some guidelines and tips about IP in Latin America with a special focus on the machinery sector.

La propiedad intelectual en América Latina: reforma a la ley de propiedad industrial en México

La normativa de Propiedad Intelectual ha cambiado rápida y significativamente en el último año, por lo que las PYMES que tienen México como destino comercial de interés necesitan estar al tanto de las novedades introducidas respecto de las marcas, diseños y patentes y las consecuencias prácticas que pueden afectar a su actual estrategia de negocio y abrirles nuevas oportunidades.

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 Healthcare Show: IP in the healthcare sector

This year, MEDICA 2020 will take place virtually and the Enterprise Europe Network, with the support of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg, will organise a webinar in collaboration with the Latin America IP SME Helpdesk about the healthcare sector in Latin America.

The Latin American Healthcare market is growing in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in medical equipment, devices and consumables. For the year 2018, healthcare spending in Latin America is estimated at 7.20% of GDP. 

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.

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.