A General Licence has been issued by the US government that explicitly authorises the protection of all intellectual property in Venezuela. The move follows significant challenges for US companies seeking to protect their brands in the country.
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.
The Venezuelan IP Agency (SAPI) has published an official request that trademark owners and applicants with pending trademark decisions confirm their interest in continuing proceedings. The move aims to tackle the backlog of cases awaiting a decision.
Although in recent years the authorities have shown increasing concern over counterfeiting and implemented mechanisms to combat it, these efforts have been largely inadequate, due to increased traffic in these goods worldwide. Read more
The Venezuelan Trademark Office has issued an official communication requesting that trademark owners or applicants which have filed oppositions against third-party applications reaffirm their interest in continuing such proceedings. Read more
New IP officials, including a new director of trademarks, have recently been appointed in Venezuela. These appointments come in a climate of great uncertainty, mainly due to the suspension of the payment of official fees by foreign IP owners earlier this year. Read more
Although the payment of official fees to the Venezuelan IP office has been suspended temporarily, foreign brand owners should be prepared and ensure that their representatives are nevertheless sent the relevant fees. Read more
The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office has suspended payment of official fees by foreign applicants for the foreseeable future. The situation has been described by one local attorney on the ground as “lacking legal basis” and leaving IP owners “in limbo”. Read more
In Venezuela, exclusive trademark rights are granted only by registration according to the Industrial Property Law. However, the owners of unregistered trademarks may be able to prevent the registration of marks by filing an opposition to the application. Read more