Latin America & Caribbean

Five counterfeit hotspots you should be aware of in the Dominican Republic

In a new regular series, we highlight marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods. This week, we focus on hotspots in the Dominican Republic.

Five counterfeit hotspots you should be aware of in the Dominican Republic
12 Jul 2019

Trademark solicitation scams: identifying the scale of the issue

In a major upcoming investigation, WTR will look at the scourge of trademark solicitation scams. Today we ask readers to share their experience of spurious trademark invoices.

28 Jun 2019

Inside Facebook’s trademark portfolio as company reacts to criticism and boosts value

The tech giant has managed to withstand the negative impact of criticism over its handling of users’ data and policing of content. The future, though, will bring new challenges.

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Healing confusion – choosing the correct name for pharmaceutical trademarks

Similarity among prescription drug names should be avoided, as the potential confusion carries a risk to consumer health. Bringing the best pharmaceutical trademark to market can be arduous, but it will assist in the safe prescription of medication. Read more

12 Jul 2019

PepsiCo teams goes defensive to protect brand

The trademark team operating in Latin America is faced with a unique set of challenges – being prepared is the best defence against the high level of infringement it faces Read more

5 Jul 2019

Pelispedia case: illegal film and series sites deactivated in Uruguay

A recent case involving popular streaming site Pelispedia shows that the Uruguayan authorities are committed to fighting transnational crimes against IP rights.   Read more

28 Jun 2019

PTO makes preparations for Brazil’s adhesion to the Madrid Protocol

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office has been making efforts to prove that it is ready for the Madrid Protocol, which is due to enter into force in October 2019. Read more

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11 Jun 2019

South African police attacked during counterfeit raid, Chile IP office new director, and Airbnb versus Hairbnb: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the 2 millionth trademark application at the EUIPO, a new report finding that UK students are "actively disloyal" to brands, a collection of fake video games released, and much more. Read more

14 May 2019

Free-to-view global anti-counterfeiting guide now available

The 2019 edition of Anti-counterfeiting – A Global Guide, which provides trademark and brand protection professionals with critical guidance on anti-counterfeiting laws, procedures and strategies, is now available to view online. Read more

14 May 2019

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. This means that even in-transit goods can be inspected and seized. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Mexico

The Official Database for Mexican Trademark Registrations of Mexican Customs is designed to allow rights holders to ask Customs to record information about their registered trademarks in Mexico, so that the administrative authorities can identify counterfeit goods being imported into the country in violation of such registered trademarks. Read more

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11 Jun 2019

The top trademark hotspots and stories of 2019 so far: a data deep-dive

As we near the halfway point of the year, the WTR platform has had just over 163,000 users. Analysis of the data reveals the regions and cities that are hotspots for interest in trademarks. Read more

8 Jun 2019

Esports: an untapped market for both brands and law firms

The industry is still in its early days, but it is growing by leaps and bounds. Brands such as Coca-Cola and Champion have already jumped into the ring to capitalise on this marketing opportunity, but teams need help getting their portfolios up to scratch to better grow their businesses. Read more

31 May 2019

Natura attempts to further consolidate Brazilian cosmetic market with a bid for Avon

In this week’s exclusive data analysis, we explore how Natura’s keen understanding of its consumer base, combined with previous acquisitions, has it poised to take on international expansion. Read more

16 May 2019

From Apple to Zwilling: the world’s leading corporate trademark professionals revealed

Released today, the third edition of the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals identifies the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the corporate trademark world.  Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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5 Jul 2019

Pelispedia case: illegal film and series sites deactivated in Uruguay

A recent case involving popular streaming site Pelispedia shows that the Uruguayan authorities are committed to fighting transnational crimes against IP rights.   Read more

25 Jun 2019

Plain packaging in Belgium, luxury brands on WeChat, and Nando’s defeathers lookalike: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a major anti-counterfeiting operation from Interpol, Facebook facing challenges over its new cryptocurrency brand, Egypt updating its new anti-fakes legislation, and much more. Read more

24 Jun 2019

Criminal charges for IP violations: specialised prosecutors send clear message to offenders

During the second half of 2018 and the first half of 2019, specialised prosecutors in Paraguay have increased the amount of charges for offences against IP rights, which sends a clear message that such violations have legal consequences. Read more

12 Jun 2019

Success for Crocs as defendant is found to infringe 3D mark for shape of Crocs shoes

Colombia’s Superintendence of Industry and Commerce has found that Evacol SAS infringed Crocs Inc’s 3D mark for the shape of its Crocs shoes by commercialising shoes of a confusingly similar shape. Read more

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25 Jun 2019

Amazon TLD back in limbo as governments rail against e-commerce giant and ICANN

Amazon’s application for the ‘.amazon’ TLD is back on hold after the Colombian government lodged a request for ICANN to reconsider its decision to proceed with the applications.  Read more

18 Jun 2019

ICANN pushes back on government pressure, prepares to publish ‘.amazon’ PICs

ICANN has written to South American government figures, seeking to push back on pressure to rethink its decision to proceed with the ‘.amazon’ applications. Read more

5 Apr 2019

China data to TMview this year, Brazil moves closer to Madrid, and Beckham versus Inter Milan: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at luxury brands focused on Chinese e-commerce platforms, IP Australia opening a public consultation on fees, Red Points receiving funding injection, and much more. Read more

12 Mar 2019

ICANN delays '.amazon' decision; tech giant's TLD remains in limbo

ICANN has passed a resolution that ends the organisation's efforts to lead a facilitation process aimed at settling a domain name dispute between Amazon and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation. Read more

Law firms

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1 May 2019

Welcome to your new-look WTR magazine

The latest issue of WTR magazine has gone live online today, and subscribers will note a major number of changes to the magazine and new types of content, all designed to maximise the value of their subscription. Read more

5 Mar 2019

What brand owners need to know about the serious trademark issues and risks in Venezuela

In this exclusive guest post, experts from Venezuelan firm Antequera expand on recent “major setbacks” for international brand owners seeking IP protection in the Latin American country. Read more

5 Mar 2019

Absolute last chance to have your say on the state of the trademark industry

Trademark practitioners have one more day to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. With just hours left, do not miss out. Read more

26 Feb 2019

Just one week left to have your say on the state of the trademark industry

Trademark practitioners are running out of time to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Do not miss out on the opportunity to share your successes, challenges and concerns.  Read more

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19 May 2019

What brands need to know about the trademark activity of Michael Gleissner

WTR has reported extensively on the massive trademark filing operation of multimillionaire businessman Michael Gleissner. For those not fully aware of this activity, we have put together an infographic that illustrates the potential impact for brands. Read more

13 May 2019

“Unusual and very risky” – warning to brands as Venezuelan IP office launches cash payments of fees

The Venezuelan IP Office has introduced a new payment method involving paying cash deposits at a specific bank branch. Experts describe the process as complicated and have warned of significant risks. Read more

1 May 2019

Why to diversify your Caribbean portfolio

While many of the Caribbean islands seem to be low-priority venues for trademark filings, there are some significant reasons why they should not be overlooked. Read more

1 May 2019

How an emergency decree transformed the trademark landscape in Argentina

One year after a significant shift in the Argentine trademark landscape, it is time to reflect on how practitioners have adapted and what international rights holders need to know now. Read more

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18 Apr 2019

Latest free-to-view intelligence on protecting brands in the online environment now available

WTR has published the sixth edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment. Available now, the free-to-view publication offers the latest guidance on brand management best practice. Read more

21 Mar 2019

From K-pop to Presley: inside the trademark portfolios of the music industry’s biggest names

When it comes to trademarks, some musicians are clearly a step ahead. For others, the need to consider protection provides a potential new client base for practitioners. We delve into the portfolios and filing trends of both global and local recording artists. Read more

26 Feb 2019

Brazil calls for ‘.amazon’ delay, Swatch and Samsung face-off, and Lithuanian open IP data: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Jerry Seinfeld filing a lawsuit over a ‘counterfeit’ Porsche, a draft policy in India that could empower platforms to blacklist counterfeit sellers, and much more. Read more

15 Feb 2019

Venezuela trademark warning, IP Australia chatbot success, and triumph for Butlers in the Buff: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new online service launched by the Swedish IP Office, the Babybel wax-coating trademark being invalidated, scammers filing “fake trademarks” to hijack Instagram accounts, and much more. Read more

Portfolio management

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26 Jun 2019

Owners beware: severe restrictions placed on trademarks in the pharma industry

Since 2015 the Chilean Congress has been discussing a bill that will modify the country’s legislation on pharmaceuticals. However, in the past months the bill has undergone various modifications that would severely restrict the use of trademarks in the industry.    Read more

8 Jun 2019

Esports: an untapped market for both brands and law firms

The industry is still in its early days, but it is growing by leaps and bounds. Brands such as Coca-Cola and Champion have already jumped into the ring to capitalise on this marketing opportunity, but teams need help getting their portfolios up to scratch to better grow their businesses. Read more

31 May 2019

Natura attempts to further consolidate Brazilian cosmetic market with a bid for Avon

In this week’s exclusive data analysis, we explore how Natura’s keen understanding of its consumer base, combined with previous acquisitions, has it poised to take on international expansion. Read more

1 May 2019

Considerations for smart soft IP due diligence from a litigator’s perspective

Many companies have learned the hard way that unidentified IP issues can cause serious trouble, whether immediately or even years after closing a transaction. A strategic approach to IP portfolio due diligence is thus critical to avoid future problems. Read more

Trademark law

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27 Jun 2019

New PTO resolution brings significant changes to Argentina’s trademark system

Resolution 123/2019 of the Argentinean Patent and Trademark Office, which clarifies some of the changes recently introduced by the amended Trademark Law and sets forth additional rules, has entered into force. Read more

29 May 2019

“Not totally prepared” – Brazilian Senate approves Madrid Protocol, but concerns raised over IP office readiness

After more than a decade of preparation for Brazil to join the Madrid Protocol, the Brazilian Senate has finally approved the agreement text. Local experts say that it will bring positive change, but questions arise over whether INPI will be ready for the predicted start date. Read more

1 May 2019

Protecting fashion and cultural expressions

Protecting the knowledge and traditional cultural expressions of different cultures and indigenous communities is a complex task. Opinions are divided, but one route may involve IP rights to protect traditional forms of innovation and creativity. Read more

1 May 2019

Protecting fashion and cultural expressions

Protecting the knowledge and traditional cultural expressions of different cultures and indigenous communities is a complex task. Opinions are divided, but one route may involve IP rights to protect traditional forms of innovation and creativity. Read more

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