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INPI Argentina introduces the obligation of an affidavit of use of the trademark after 5 years.

INPI's Resolution P-123/19 complementing the Decree 242 entered into force last 3rd of June.

This resolution comprises 4 titles:
- the first title clarifies how to apply for a trademark with the single application system.
- second title on the obligation of an affidavit of use in the 6th year after publication of the trademark
- third title establishes that users may renew their trademarks within 6 months before deadline, and 6 months after it
- last title establishes the new period to answer hearings and challenge resolutions: thirty (30) days

The Senate in Brazil approves the adhesion to the Madrid Protocol

Last 22 May, the Senate in Brazil approved the adhesion of this country to the Madrid Protocol.

The Madrid Protocol is a scheme that allows the registration and management of trademarks worldwide.
Users of this system can benefit from a single trademark application in order to seek trademark protection in up to 120 countries.

With this approval, it is expected that the system will start operating at INPI in October.

WIPO launches a State-of-the-Art A.I. search tool

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has launched a new web search tool for State of the Art searches, which uses images to carry out searches. According to Mr Francis Gurry, WIPO's Director General, “in the field of trademarks, our state-of-the-art AI technology is a major improvement that will create greater certainty for the development of new image marks and greater ease for monitoring potentially misleading or conflicting new registrations”.

IMPI Mexico to notify its official communications electronically

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).

WIPO's theme for this year is "Reach for gold: IP and sports"

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.

The Chamber of Deputies in Brazil approves the adhesion to the Madrid Protocol

In the beginning of April, the Câmara dos Deputados (Chamber of Deputies) of Brazil has approved the adhesion to the Madrid Protocol. This will pass now to the Federal Senate for its final approval.

For further infomration, in Spanish, go to the following link.

For more information on the Madrid Protocol, please be referred to our blog.

INPI Argentina reduces the time for trademark procedures by going more digital

Thanks to the new Decree 242, INPI Argentina will help users with their trademark procedures by allowing full digital registration.

Users can make use of digital documents and procedures to: access to trademark registrations, submit proposals on oppositions or trademark expirations for lack of use.

Furthermore, this will shorten the time for SMEs when registering their trademarks in Argentina.

For further information, in Spanish, please go through the following link.

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.