Domain names and trade disputes resolution in Argentinaip articles
23 Jul 2018

Domain names and trade disputes resolution in Argentina

By Moeller IP Advisors Cybersquatting, the practice of registering domain names using a small variation on a trademark’s name, has been on the rise in South America in the last years. Argentina makes no exception. In the country, registering a ccTLD domain name with the extension,, etc. was free until 2014 – […]

The Bolar exemptionLatin America
20 Jul 2018

The Bolar exemption: the Latin American case

By Marta Garcia What is the Bolar exemption? Some products, typically pharmaceutical products but also agrochemicals and medical devices, cannot be marketed without obtaining marketing approval from a competent regulatory authority, in order to prove that the product is safe and effective. Even though the requirements for obtaining such regulatory approval differ from country to […]

China adores Diorip news
19 Jul 2018

China adores Dior

By Moeller IP Advisors After years of judicial battles, Dior succeeds before the Chinese Justice System. In 2015, the French company Christian Dior filed a trademark application before the Chinese Trademark Office, requiring the registration of the J’ADORE perfume bottle as a 3D mark. Unfortunately, this application was rejected by the Trademark Review and Adjudication […]

18 Jul 2018

PTO established as PCT ISA/IPEA

By Marta Garcia Since October 2014, the Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) has been working as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The following 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries have designated the INAPI as PCT ISA/IPEA: […]

Surprise decision on Steve Jobs trademarkEUROPE
17 Jul 2018

Surprise decision on Steve Jobs trademark

by Mariano Tabanera The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has upheld its prior decision to grant the registration of trademark STEVE JOBS, in the name of two Neapolitan brothers, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato. The trademark  was not only for STEVE JOBS, but also for a stylization, and a very particular letter J, that likely […]

Free Trade Agreement Implications for patents and designsMercosur-EU
16 Jul 2018

Free Trade Agreement: Implications for patents and designs

By Marta Garcia The European Union (EU) and the four founding members of sub-regional trade bloc Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) have been negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) for the last 17 years as part of a broader Association Agreement between the two regions. After a pause in the EU-Mercosur negotiations in 2012, […]

The state of Innovation in Mexico - the role of patentsip articles
12 Jul 2018

The state of Innovation in Mexico: the role of patents

by Moeller IP Advisors In the prestigious Bloomberg’s 2017 Innovation Index published last year, Mexico failed to rank among the first 50 top countries. Brazil and Argentina ranked respectively 46th and 49th. The index is developed on the basis of benchmarks that include spending on research and development, manufacturing, the presence of hi-tech companies and […]

austral lectureArgentina
11 Jul 2018

Moeller IP Advisors to teach again a course on Latin American Trademark Law at Austral University in Buenos Aires, Argentina

By Moeller IP Advisors Like every year since 2012, Mariano Municoy, an IP attorney and partner in charge of Business & Professional Development at Moeller IP Advisors, has been invited to teach trademark law during the Regional IP program offered by Austral University, Buenos Aires. This unique IP program is attended in person and online by professionals from […]

patenting AIip news
10 Jul 2018

Patenting Artificial Intelligence (Part II)

By Jose Santacroce The three levels of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be defined as follows: Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) refers to a computer´s ability to perform a specific (single) task. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) which is capable of transferring knowledge from one domain to a new domain, e.g. when a computer program can perform the […]

Brazilian biodiversity Law and IP issuesBrazil
10 Jul 2018

Brazilian biodiversity Law and IP issues

by Raquel Teixeira On February 27, 2018, the Brazilian INPI issued a requirement for patent owners or the patent application depositant to report whether during the development of the matter revealed in the patent there has been or not access to the national genetic patrimony or associated traditional knowledge. This requirement is based on the […]

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