Alternative Dispute Resolution (II) Arbitration vs Mediation

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The dispute is settled by one or more arbitrators who render a binding decision (arbitration award). The final outcome is binding on both parties and enforceable in courts.


A neutral IP specialist (mediator) helps the parties settle their dispute based on their needs and interests.


Alternative Dispute Resolution vs Litigation when solving IP conflicts in Latin America

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) What is it and what is it for?

ADR is a private way of solving conflicts that may arise in the course of trade between partners or competitors.

ADR mechanisms allow the parties to effectively solve intellectual property disputes and they may play a part in the in-court litigation process (such as in Argentina).

IMPI Mexico receives its first Geographical Indication application

IMPI Mexico has just received the first Geographical Indication application in Mexico.

It has been published the application from the Oaxaca region to become the first Mexican GI for the production of alebrijes, tonas, nahuales, wood carvings and fantastic figures.

A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.

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.

Intellectual Property in Latin America: how to exploit your creations

Intellectual Property is a powerful tool to benefit from your company's intangible assets. In fact, compared to tangible assets, intangible assets protected by IPRs offer a wider range of options when it comes to exploitation. Besides the manufacture and commercialization of the product or services, owners may choose other means to profit from their creations.

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.