Latin America & Caribbean

Final chance to share your insights on private investigators and brand protection

There’s just a couple of days left for WTR readers to share their perspective on how private investigators are assisting their brand protection work, and the challenges currently being faced when working with third-party investigators.

Final chance to share your insights on private investigators and brand protection
Digital receptions: how law firms are approaching networking for INTA’s virtual 2020 Annual Meeting
27 May 2020

Digital receptions: how law firms are approaching networking for INTA’s virtual 2020 Annual Meeting

With the INTA confirming that its 2020 Annual Meeting will be a virtual event, law firms and service providers must now decide whether to host a networking reception in a digital environment.

How do private investigators assist in brand protection cases?
20 May 2020

How do private investigators assist in brand protection cases?

WTR readers have a last chance to share their perspective on how private investigators are assisting their brand protection work, and the challenges currently being faced when working with PIs.

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20 May 2020

Clandestine surgical masks factory raided during covid-19 lockdown

On 17 April 2020 a raid was carried out in a huge factory located in the Lima Norte area. Surgical masks, as well as over 1,500 units of fake apparel and thousands of fake labels bearing well-known trademarks, were seized. Read more

18 May 2020

ICANN seeks to draw line under Amazon ‘.brand’ spat with South American governments

Göran Marby, president and chief executive officer of ICANN, has written a communication which seeks to draw a line under an eight-year battle that has raged over Amazon’s application for its ‘.brand’ top-level domain. Read more

12 May 2020

A new normal: trademark community on life during and after the coronavirus pandemic – exclusive survey results

New research from WTR reveals the brand protection challenges being faced by trademark professionals during the covid-19 crisis, finding practitioners facing significant salary cuts, increased infringement and the spectre of budgets being slashed. Read more

12 May 2020

Mexico IP office's new online platform; Daren Tang appointed WIPO director general; INTA mental health webcast – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Puma’s Olympics trademark application being rejected, Aon launching an IP risk platform, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office creating a coronavirus time capsule, and much more. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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7 May 2020

Online training seminars for enforcement officials during covid-19 crisis

Peru has been one of the first countries in the world to organise online training seminars for enforcement officials during the covid-19 lockdown. Read more

6 May 2020

Private investigators and brand protection: have your say

WTR is inviting trademark industry professionals to share their perspective on how private investigators (PIs) are assisting with brand protection work, and the challenges currently being faced when finding and working with PIs. Read more

29 Apr 2020

How has the coronavirus impacted your brand protection efforts?

WTR is inviting trademark professionals to share their perspective on the issues that have arisen in recent weeks – and there’s only a few more days to let us know. Read more

28 Apr 2020

Custodial sentences handed down for the distribution of counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Six persons involved in the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals have been handed prison sentences in Ecuador. Multinational pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer intervened in this case. Read more

Brand management

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21 Apr 2020

Coronavirus and its impact on trademark practice: have your say

WTR is inviting trademark professionals to share their perspective on how the ongoing covid-19 pandemic is impacting brand protection efforts, and what the future may look like. Read more

17 Apr 2020

Apple most imitated phishing brand; Hugo Boss rebrands to Joe Lycett; new CITMA president – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Patagonia dropping a trademark suit against OC Media, infringers piling on covid-19 domains, IP issues relating to 3D printing ventilators, and much more. Read more

9 Apr 2020

Cannabis-related filings reveal Argentine industries poised to benefit from new legislation

Analysis of IP activity in Argentina suggests that rights holders in the pharmaceutical, sports, cosmetics and education sectors are keen to take advantage of the country’s new regulatory framework for the medical and scientific research of cannabis. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Managing finite filing budgets; the looming brand value crisis; Intel on diversity: new edition of WTR is now live

The Spring 2020 edition of WTR is now available online to subscribers, offering the latest litigation tips, insight into IP office innovation, wellbeing considerations, and much more. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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30 Apr 2020

Peruvian Trademark Office grants precautionary measures during covid-19 crisis

The Peruvian Trademark Office is adjusting to working digitally during the coronavirus outbreak. Importantly for brand owners, the office is continuing to evaluate infringement claims and grant precautionary measures. Read more

27 Apr 2020

Prison sentence likely to be issued against repeat offender who filed false licensing agreement

The IP Public Prosecutor has filed a criminal claim in a case involving fake goods bearing well-known marks for apparel. It is likely that the court will issue an exemplary ruling in order to strengthen the protection of IP rights in Peru. Read more

24 Apr 2020

PRONOVIAS recognised as well-known and distinctive trademark

The General Directorate of Industrial Property of Paraguay has annulled a decision of the Trademark Office refusing to register the trademark PRONOVIAS (meaning ‘for brides’) in Class 25 on the grounds that it was generic and descriptive. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Leading television network successfully protects well-known mark for reality show

In a controversial decision, the Colombian Trademark Office registered the mark DESAFÍO DE GUERREROS despite the existence of television network Caracol’s well-known mark DESAFÍO. Caracol thus had to think outside the box to protect its mark. Read more

Government/Policy

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14 Apr 2020

INTA’s donation drive and trademark community efforts to step up the covid-19 response

In our latest opinion piece we consider INTA’s recently established covid-19 donation drive. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Cannabis legislation opens the door for pharmaceutical brands in Latin America

With new legislation regulating the use of cannabis-based medicines in Argentina and Brazil, the emerging market is an open playing field for pharmaceutical brands looking to make their mark in Latin America. Read more

2 Apr 2020

Venezuela establishes new procedure for protecting local GIs

The Venezuelan Intellectual Property Office has established a new procedure for protecting local geographical indications based on the Paris Convention, which it published in a bulletin in February 2020. Read more

23 Mar 2020

Covid-19 extraordinary measures: IP prosecution and enforcement actions suspended

Following an emergency decree published on 15 March 2020, the terms of all ongoing administrative procedures has been suspended for 30 business days in Peru. This has a direct impact on all procedures pending at the Trademark Office. Read more

Law Firms

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12 Mar 2020

Law firms respond to coronavirus emergency as situation worsens

In our latest opinion column, we look at how law firms are – and should be – responding to the novel coronavirus epidemic. Read more

12 Feb 2020

Less than a week left to contribute to major trademark industry survey

There is not long left to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey; all participants to the short survey will be entered into a draw to win one of five free places at their choice of an upcoming WTR event. Read more

5 Feb 2020

Time is running out to contribute to major trademark industry survey

There is not long left to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. All participants in the short survey will be entered into a draw to win one of five free places at their choice of WTR event. Read more

30 Jan 2020

Global IP Awards 2020 winners revealed at celebration of IP excellence

The winners of the second Global IP Awards, which recognise law and attorney firm excellence in the fields of trademark and patent work, have been announced at a gala dinner in London. Read more

IP Offices

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1 May 2020

New temporary e-filing system for duration of covid-19 national emergency

The Venezuelan Intellectual Property Office has announced that, starting from 27 April 2020 and as long as the national sanitary emergency remains effective, the office will implement a temporary e-filing system for certain IP-related matters, including trademark applications. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Equality: The challenge of gender equality in intellectual property

The Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property has introduced a number of new initiatives in a bid to improve the representation of women in intellectual property. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Innovation domination: the IP offices breaking through boundaries

In the 2020 edition of our exclusive research project into the most innovative IP offices in the world, we found significant improvements in non-core tools and services – although gaps remain. Read more

3 Apr 2020

Something to declare: how an IMPI finding can help avoid stand-offs

Differences in the treatment of well-known and famous marks create pitfalls for the unwary. An administrative declaration is the best option, but obtaining one can be burdensome. Read more

Online

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25 Mar 2020

While ‘Tokyo 2020’ will now take place in 2021, brands will get their time to shine

The Olympics is a world-renowned brand which lends its powerful reputation to its partners and sponsors. Given its reach and reputation, the IOC does not play around with its trademark protections. Read more

21 Feb 2020

ICANN cancels Mexico meeting; Coronavirus trademarks; UpCounsel returns – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Canada enacting plain packaging, the acquisition of Forever 21, serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner still owing significant costs at the UKIPO, and much more. Read more

3 Feb 2020

Corona beer or Coronavirus? How a brand should handle potentially damaging mix-ups

While there is cause for alarm in many industries whenever a potential new pandemic arrives, one company has found itself in the spotlight for a different reason following the coronavirus outbreak – the Corona beer brand. Read more

3 Jan 2020

Amazon TLDs set for delegation after seven-year battle

Despite years of opposition from South American countries, ICANN has now signed the Registry Agreements and Specification 13 Amendments for the e-commerce giant's '.brand' applications. '.amazon' and its Chinese and Japanese equivalent strings may be delegated imminently. Read more

Portfolio Management

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15 Apr 2020

Peruvian Trademark Office activates online trademark filings and other digital services

On 10 April 2020 the Peruvian Trademark Office announced the activation of online trademark filing services. Nevertheless, applicants should note that the office will not begin to process these online applications until 7 May 2020. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Brand creation and protection: out with the old

Trademark experts from across the globe offer critical insight into brand creation best practice and guidance on pitfalls to avoid. Read more

6 Apr 2020

WTR Industry Awards 2020: the shortlist revealed

The WTR Industry Awards 2020 honour leading trademark teams and individuals across a range of sectors. Here we unveil the shortlist. Read more

3 Apr 2020

INDECOPI recognises notoriety of AMERICAN COLORS marks

In opposition proceedings against the registration of the mark AMERICAN COLORS in Class 25 in Peru, the Administrative Court of Appeals of INDECOPI has recognised the notoriety of two AMERICAN COLORS marks for goods in Class 2. Read more

Trademark law

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23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Panama

Customs authorities are empowered to inspect and seize merchandise that is subject to customs procedures and which may violate Panama’s IP laws, regardless of its final destination. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Brazil

Lawsuits on the grounds of trademark infringement are prosecuted before state courts and through private criminal prosecution brought by the rights holder. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Mexico

There are several legal instruments available which carry significant benefits to those who choose to fight back and protect their intangible assets. Read more

10 Feb 2020

Searching industrial designs: how AI is changing the game

In this guest post, Dr Robert Stutz, partner at Beutler Künzi Stutz, explores how AI technology is powering new ways to search industrial designs faster, more effectively, and at a lower cost. Read more

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Julien Scicluna
Managing Partner
Dardilly, France
Laurent & Charras