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Peru is the latin american country most committed to Intellectual Property according to the EU

The IP Key Latin American project has recognised Peru, as the most committed country to the defense of intellectual property in Latin America.

According to Mr Pedro Duarte, IP Key project director, Peru is the closest country in the region to the European IP standards.

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US to increase bilateral engagement with Argentina, Chile and Venezuela on Counterfeiting and IP

The United States publishes a yearly Special Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of trading partners on Intellectual Property protection. According to the Special Report 301 of the Office of the United States Trade Reperesentative (USTR), Argentina, Chile and Venezuela are in the Priority Watch List. This means that the US will increase bilateral engagement with these countries on piracy and counterfeiting and the protection of the IP rights.

Indecopi opens a new communication channel for users wiling to know more about patents

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.

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Peru agrees with Swiss MPP to have access to their patent database and licenses on medicines

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.

Indecopi Peru publishes guidelines on its Global PPH procedure

The Peruvian Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (Indecopi), has just made available to users, its guidelines on the Global PPH procedure.

Last January 2019, Indecopi joined the network with the rest of the 25 members (including Colombia) of the Global PPH network. This pilot program allows applicants to benefit from an accelerated patent examination, by request, among the 26 participating offices.

INAPI Chile recognised as 2nd most innovative IP Office in the World

The World Trademark Review (WTR) has ranked INAPI Chile as the 2nd most innovative IP Office in the world in 2019, only after the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

The WTR is a well-recognised website and magazine covering commertial and international practice of trademark law.

In addition, Mexico was ranked 6th, Peru 14th and Colombia 22nd.

For further information please be referred to the WTR website.

List of Geographical Indications from Latin American countries recognised in the EU

Thanks to the great effort done by several countries in Latin America, many of their Geographical Indications (GIs) are being recognised in the European Union (EU).

Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru and Mexico, already reached to Agreements with the EU with that purpose.

The whole list can be checked on the website of the European Commission.

INDECOPI joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot project

The Peruvian National Institute for the Defense of Free Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot project on 6 January 2019.  Thanks to this project, applicants can benefit from an accelerated patent examination, by request, among the 26 participating offices.

Peru and Colombia (2017) are the first countries from the Latin American region to have joined this global pilot project.

The Registry of Intellectual Property of Guatemala has recognised "Pisco" as a Denomination of Origin produced in Peru

The neverending battle between Chile and Peru to get “Pisco” recognized as an original and native drink from their own countries has lived another episode, now in Guatemala. Pisco is a grape Brandy distilled in Chile or Peru.

After the efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, the Intellectual Property Office in Guatemala has recognized “Pisco” as a Denomination of Origin (DO) from Peru.