Region: Latin America & Caribbean

Significant raid carried out against importer of fake mobile phone accessories

More than 15,000 fake mobile phone accessories - bearing brands such as Apple, Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi - have been seized following a huge raid in a commercial establishment and warehouse located in Downtown Lima.

26 July 2021

New mandatory precedent regarding assessment of genuine interest in Andean opposition

According to a recent resolution of the Administrative Court of Appeals, the assessment of the genuine interest - based on a trademark application or a registered trademark - in an Andean opposition must be evaluated at the time of filing of the opposition.

19 July 2021

Foreign companies as IP holders in Ecuador

Third-party appropriation of internationally famous trademarks is a problematic phenomenon in Ecuador. Some clarification by the Court of Justice of the Andean Community would arguably be welcome.

14 July 2021

IP offices should be “protagonists and agents of change” urges INAPI director after launch of new multinational IP and gender network

Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property Director Loreto Bresky calls for IP offices to increase collaboration and follow in the footsteps of the new Latin American Network of Intellectual Property and Gender.

07 July 2021

Publication of two new mandatory precedents regarding cancellation actions

Two new mandatory precedents concerning cancellation actions were recently published in Peru’s official gazette. One of the issues considered was whether the same evidence may prove the use of two or more trademarks in different cancellation actions.

07 July 2021

Geographical indications in Venezuela: latest developments

Although Venezuela has withdrawn from the Andean Community, which is having a negative impact on filing GIs, recent developments in the procedure for protecting GIs suggest that the practice may be on its way up.

25 June 2021

How to work with Customs – six key tips for brand owners

IP practitioners in Europe, Central America and the United States discuss how brand owners can work with Customs to clamp down on counterfeiting in their region.

24 June 2021

Federal Court of Appeals departs from usual practice in SENSORMATIC case

Until now, if a trademark owner sought a temporary assignment of a domain name containing its mark until a final decision was issued, the court usually ruled in its favour. However, in a recent case, a chamber of the Federal Court of Appeals has changed this practice.

24 June 2021

Register tracker: Latin America

We drill into the latest trademark trends and statistics for Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico

23 June 2021

Superior Court of Justice: no exclusive rights over prefix derived from active ingredient of medicine

In this dispute between pharmaceutical companies Takeda and Cimed, the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice held that prefixes referring to the active ingredients of medicines cannot be appropriated as trademarks.

22 June 2021

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