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.

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?

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.

Virtual Event - Riga Food 2020

Does your food contain IPR? Meet the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk at Riga Food 2020 and find out!

Riga Food 2020 is recognized as one of the best meeting places for the food industry professionals. Participants sign contracts with producers, establish contacts with subcontractors, get useful information for business management and development and learn the most up-to-date information on the latest trends.

Customs protection in Latin America

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Did you know that  Brazil, Chile and Peru have created special units within the police, customs, and other relevant public and private institutions to fight piracy happening both in physical and online markets? 

Check out our new infographic "Customs protection in Latin America" to find out the different steps you should bear into account to protect your IP in Customs.

WIPO's Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement has entered into force

WIPO's Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement has just entered into force with 5 contracting parties: EU, Albania, Cambodia, South Korea and Samoa. 

From the Latin American region, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Peru have already ratified it.

The Lisbon Agreement refers to the International Registration of Appellations of Origin, offering applicants the possibility of obtaining protection for an appellation of origin in contracting parties to the Lisbon Agreement through a single registration and one set of fees.

The Lisbon Agreement enters into force in Dominican Republic

As of January 17, 2020, Dominican Republic has become the 30th member to the Lisbon Agreement.

The Lisbon Agreement refers to the International Registration of Appellations of Origin, offering applicants the possibility of obtaining protection for an appellation of origin in contracting parties to the Lisbon Agreement through a single registration and one set of fees.

To read more, please be referred to WIPO's website.

Protection of non-Traditional Trade Marks in Mexico

GalakTic, an Irish SME engaged in the beverage industry, has been successfully commercialising their drink in Europe for 5 years. They have decided to launch their product in Mexico. The distinctive shape of the bottle and the brand name used in Europe are to be used in Mexico too, as will be a new jingle specifically created for the Mexican advertising campaigns.

The name of the product was already registered as a trade mark in the EU, and the shape of the bottle was registered as a design in the EU 5 years ago.