Region: Latin America & Caribbean

Changes to border measures and IP crimes: what you need to know

A reform of Ecuador’s IP laws came into force on 27 August 2021, providing greater efficiency in prosecuting IP crimes and correcting previous flaws in the border measure system.

05 October 2021

INTA announces Annual Meeting keynote; tips from a USPTO examining attorney; domain security concerns – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the future of NFTs in the IP industry, the Hershey Company taking the Cookie Department to court, and much more.

01 October 2021

Large seizure of fake toys and party decorations in exclusive Lima City district

A large amount of party decorations and toys, including Lego and Paw Patrol, were seized in a raid against a shop located in the upscale district of Santiago de Surco.

30 September 2021

QUINDIPAN not confusingly similar to appellation of origin ‘Café de Colombia’

The Colombian Coffee Growers’ Federation has failed to prevent the registration of QUINDIPAN in Classes 30 and 43. Its main argument was that ‘Quindi’ is similar to ‘Quindio’ - an area of great importance for coffee production in Colombia.

29 September 2021

USMCA or FTA, UK GI regime will be defining factor in talks with US

Prospects of a trade deal and speculation that the United Kingdom could join the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement have dominated coverage of the UK prime minister’s trip to Washington DC.

25 September 2021

How to accelerate your patent application at Mexico’s IP office

Those applying for a patent in Mexico who already have a patent established elsewhere, should consider the Patent Prosecution Highway and the Patent Parallel Grant, as they could allow a fast track to success.

23 September 2021

Brand activity propels Korea up innovation rankings as China edges nearer to top 10

WIPO has published its 2021 Global Innovation Index, with brand-related activity propelling Korea into the top five of its innovation rankings for the first time.

20 September 2021

Parallel imports in Venezuela: international trademark owners beware

Although Venezuela has not been seen as a priority by many international companies when it comes to trademark protection, this could change as a result of measures implemented by the Venezuelan government to stimulate imports.

17 September 2021

WIPO investigations suggest IP activities can boost revenue for companies and aid economic recovery

Well-considered IP laws and enforcement can be a major force for economic recovery – particularly in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. Previous WIPO investigations that reveal what companies can do to boost their revenue and contribute to economic growth.

16 September 2021

Why the Mexican government is redistributing counterfeit goods

The Mexican president has announced that seized counterfeits will be redistributed to low-income populations, raising fears that this policy violates not only IP rights, but also federal laws and international treaties.

09 September 2021

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