From Apple to Nike: key recent decisions and developments from the Americas analysed

For our next instalment presenting recent Legal Updates that you may have missed we turn our attention to the Americas.

From Apple to Nike: key recent decisions and developments from the Americas analysed
“An enormous opportunity” – IP provisions of EU-Mercosur Agreement lauded
18 Jul 2019

“An enormous opportunity” – IP provisions of EU-Mercosur Agreement lauded

The European Union and the Mercosur bloc of countries have agreed a comprehensive trade agreement that includes significant IP provisions that rights holders should be aware of.


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13 May 2021

adidas successful in phishing case involving branded face masks

adidas has obtained the removal of a website used to carry out a phishing attack involving the ADIDAS trademark. Users were misled into believing that they would receive a free branded mask once that they had completed a survey. Read more

12 Feb 2021

Trademark owner successfully recovers trademark, digital applications and domain names both in Uruguay and abroad

This complex case, which was resolved under Uruguay’s new Code of Criminal Procedure, highlights the new types of trademark infringement that have emerged in recent years. Read more

23 Oct 2020

Success for MGA Entertainment as counterfeit L.O.L. SURPRISE! toys are removed from sale and destroyed

This case shows that, in the absence of trademark registration, alternative measures can be taken against counterfeits: here, copyright law was applied to protect the IP rights of MGA Entertainment in Uruguay. Read more

17 Jul 2020

Owner of LACOSTE marks successfully prevents registration of mark including crocodile design

Sporloisirs SA, the owner of the LACOSTE marks and crocodile logo, has successfully appealed against a first-instance decision dismissing its opposition against the registration of a mark containing a crocodile design in Class 25. Read more


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26 Mar 2020

Seizure of counterfeit rolling bearings highlights importance of buying goods from authorised sales points

In 2018 the National Customs Office seized an in-transit container of counterfeit rolling bearings in Uruguay. This case, which is still ongoing, is significant due to the type of product involved. Read more

2 Jan 2020

Twenty counterfeiting hotspots to be aware of in Latin America

Although Asia is often seen as the centre of global counterfeiting activity, sales of fake goods are rising across Latin America. We present 20 markets in the region that are particularly problematic for brand owners. Read more

1 Mar 2016

Border protection in Latin America – the future looks brighter

Despite the region’s reputation as a haven for counterfeiters, several Latin American countries are making significant strides in developing and using highly effective anti-counterfeiting tools

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22 Oct 2019

DURAX case: Uruguayan mark cancelled due to reputation of Argentinean brand and owners’ bad faith

The successor of an Argentinean company that manufactured glassware under the marks DURAX and DURAX TODA LA VIDA has obtained the cancellation of the Uruguayan mark DURAX for identical goods. 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