The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Argentinian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Reinforced Partnership programme between both offices. This co-operation agreement is the first of its kind to be set up by the EPO with an IP Office in Latin America.
On 6 August 2019 the new Decree 403/2019 will enter into force in Argentina. This Decree introduces amendments to the Argentinian Regulation of the Law of Invention Patents and Utility Models.
INPI Brazil has introduced new rules to simplify its internal procedures for priority patent examination, meeting the demand of the productive sector. For that purpose, these implemented changes will shorten the time of the procedure to: analizing, 1 month; examination, 4 months.
These rules will also accelerate the examination of patents benefiting from the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the European Patent Office.
ONAPI inaugurates in Puerto Plata a Technology and Innovation Support Center (CATI), which will provide users with a new module in charge of user assistance.
The Technology and Innovation Support Centers (CATI) are the global strategy launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in order to bring the population closer to Industrial Property, the latest technology, and Patent Databases.
The Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI) has announced that their official communications in relation to Trademarks and Patents will be notified electronically.
As soon as any communication is published in the "Gaceta de la Propiedad Industrial", creators and entrepeneurs will be notified per email, reducing management time.
To read more, please be referred to IMPI's website (in Spanish).
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) celebrates every year the Intellectual Property day, 26th of April, with a new theme.
WIPO's Director General, Francis Gurry, posted a video on the same day with the new theme for 2019: "Reach for gold: IP and sports". In this video, Mr Gurry stresses the importance of Intellectual Property in the world of sports, for instance, in broadcasting.
To read more about this or watch the video, please be referred to WIPO's website.
Indecopi created in February "Whatsapp patenta", which is a whatsapp number for users who have questions related to patents, utility models or designs.
This number will be actively answering questions Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 17:30 (UTC-5:00).
Foreign institutions are also invited to use this new communication channel.
For more information in Spanish, please be referred to the following link.
INPI Brazil has extended for a fourth year its pilot project allowing micro-enterprises and small companies to get a priority patent examination.
This new phase of the project started on 1 March.
For further information, access to the official pilot project page.
Indecopi Peru signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Swiss foundation Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to have access to their patent pool and licenses on medicines related to HIV, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C treatment.
The MPP foundation negotiates with patent holders for licences on life-saving medicines. These licences allow generic pharmaceutical companies to manufacture and distribute patented medicines in developing countries.
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has made available to users a Technology Trends report on Artificial Intelligence.
According to this report, INPI Brazil is the 14th IP Office in patent applications relating to A.I. inventions, while IMPI Mexico is 18th and INPI Argentina the 30th.
To access the whole document please be referred to the following link.