Monday, 16 January 2017

It is all about opportunities: opposing to trade marks in Mexico

From José Luis Alvarez, Mexican Trademark Agent at Mexican Consulting & Development, SC, the blog received a newsletter about the (no so) recent updates in Mexico.

Back in August 2016, the blog reported that at the end of the said month Mexico was to implement an opposition system in trade mark – the amendment to the law dated April, 2016. At that time, Mexico was one of the few countries which did not provide for trade mark opposition proceedings.

Image result for mexicoThe Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI) is the administrative authority legally authorized to conduct ex officio examinations of trade mark applications on absolute and relative grounds. In any case, Mexico was not bound to introduce opposition proceedings as a result of its accession to the Madrid System. However, the amendment would make the trade mark system more efficient and harmonizing trade mark system “with global trends and benefiting its users.”

The opposition proceeding while known and practiced in many jurisdictions, it's sometimes not clear what it really entails. Therefore, Jose Luis reports the following ‘good to know’ guidance:
“The amendment included in order to grant the opportunity to anyone who considers that an application violates the IPL´s provisions, to file an opposition within one month of the date of its publication in the Gazette. No extension of the one month opposition period is allowed. After that one month opposition period expires, a list of those applications that were opposed will be published in the Gazette within the following 10 business days.
It is important to mention that the opposition system has no binding effect on the Mexican Trademark Office’s (IMPI) conduct of the registration process and, in particular:
The opposition will not result in any suspension of the registration process;
Opposing an application does not grant the opposing party any status as an interested third party;
The opposition shall not automatically determine the outcome of the in-depth examination carried out by the IMPI; and
The IMPI may consider, in its analysis, the opposition and statements made in response by the applicant.”

And while we are in the topic of trade marks, The Nice Classification - the international classification of goods and services applied for the registration of marks, is now in its eleventh edition - entered into force on January 1, 2017.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

'it's a new day it's a new life' and I am feeling PROSUR

Image result for new year's day 2017December 2016 saw the last weeks of the year with the eagerness of some Latin American countries to start cooperating more. Therefore, future plans were discussed by PROSUR Directorship Committee.

Back in 2009, WIPO received a letter signed by nine Latin American countries which have agreed on a regional project “to develop a common platform that allows the integration, exchange of information and system compatibility for the nine participating countries.” – known as PROSUR due to involve South (SUR) American countries.

Besides the plans for the new year ahead, the extension of funding was also covered (by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)). The Latin American countries which are part of the PROSUR regional cooperation system of IP are: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay, WIPO also participated. From Central America, Costa Rica also joined the group and there are talks for expansion of PROSUR. That said, PROSUR members “announced the entry of the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua from 2017.” [will this also see the change of the name to PROSURCENTRAL?]

The patent national offices of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay had already started a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program.

Source INPI.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Brazil: 'Green Patents' are here to stay

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Google search first result - A Green Patent -
 are they environmentally friendly?.
Back in 2011 we reported that the Brazilian Institute da Propiedade Industrial (INPI) was launching a pilot program called the "Green Patents" - which was meant to last a year but at the end was extended to 4 years. This program gave priority to patent examinations and accelerated the process to those inventions that contribute to global climate change and are related to environmentally friendly technologies. Nowadays, the ‘Green Patents’ project has become a permanent service at the INPI (Resolution No. 175/2016).

This move was taken after “the good results achieved”. During the pilot 480 applications were received; from these, 325 were considered eligible. The average time for the patent process was two years.

A list of these technologies can be seen here in the Magazine of Industrial Property (RPI) nº 2396, dated 06 December 2016, from page 3 onward.

Source INPI.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Doctorado Europeo “EIPIN Innovation Society” – Apertura del plazo para presentar candidaturas para becas

En 2017 el Magister Lvcentinvs de la Universidad de Alicante (España) inicia una nueva etapa con su participación en el Doctorado Europeo "EIPIN Innovation Society" (EIPIN-IS) del que forman parte los cinco institutos de la red EIPIN y que nos ha sido concedido por la Unión Europea dentro de su programa Horizonte 2020 (Marie Skłodowska Curie Action ITN-EJD)

Se trata del primer y único programa de Doctorado subvencionado por la Unión Europea en materia de propiedad intelectual.

El programa, impartido enteramente en inglés, ofrece 15 becas para 15 estudiantes de doctorado interesados en hacer una tesis doctoral en alguno de los 15 temas elegidos en el marco del proyecto. Se trata de becas completas por tres años que no sólo cubren la manutención en la universidad anfitriona sino también los desplazamientos para los cursos, seminarios y congresos de los que se compone el programa de doctorado, y para las estancias de investigación previstas en otras instituciones. 

Aunque el lanzamiento oficial del programa tendrá lugar el 16-17 de marzo en Bruselas, el plazo para presentar candidaturas para esas becas ya está abierto y termina el 29 de marzo. Los requisitos exigidos, los documentos necesarios para la presentación de candidaturas y los criterios de selección están disponibles en el sitio web del proyecto.

Aquellas personas cuyas solicitudes sean seleccionadas serán invitadas a venir a Alicante para una entrevista en mayo con el fin de escoger las 15 personas que finalmente participan en el proyecto. Se prevé una ayuda económica para el desplazamiento y alojamiento. 

Los requisitos y las formalidades exigidas son muchas, y el tiempo del que se dispone para la preparación de las candidaturas corto. Pero se trata de una oportunidad única para realizar un Doctorado con un grupo de académicos de primer orden, respaldados por una red de empresas e instituciones del mundo de la propiedad intelectual que convierten el programa en algo difícil de igualar a nivel mundial.

El grupo de profesores del Magister Lvcentinvs que participamos en el programa de doctorado estamos especialmente interesados en las candidaturas provenientes de los países iberoamericanos. De ahí que este mensaje esté redactado en español. Os animamos a que presentéis vuestras candidaturas para que el Doctorado EIPIN-IS cuente con una nutrida representación de nuestros países. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Old + New = learning experiences

There is a new cooperation agreement signed between the old and the new world. Mr Luiz Otávio Pimentel, the Brazilian Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI)’s president recently signed a cooperation agreement with the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). The aim of this agreement is to exchange experiences, and of course, collaboration between the offices and the quality of examinations procedures.

Image result for uk brazilThe exchange of experiences is based on the role of the Academy (the Educational sector) centring in the significance of intellectual property to society. In order words, the role that it has in raising awareness about intellectual property issues. Back in November 2015, the UKIPO launched a webpage “giving schools and colleges access to teaching resources to help students learn about intellectual property.” The project was funded by the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO, previously known as OHIM).

The INPI and UKIPO agreement is also to exchange of information on The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) - the accelerated patent prosecution procedures by way of sharing information between patent offices. Moreover, it includes the examination and study of a version adapted to Brazilian of the British Lambert Toolkit. This tool is based on universities and business collaboration agreements -- the aim is to “assist academic or research institutions and industrial partners who wish to carry out research projects together.”

Finally, Brazil and the UK Brazil exchanged their views on bilateral trade relations among other issues that took part on the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting.

For more information regarding JETCO, see the joint-statement here.