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Panama
24 Jun 2013

Highlights of the Amendments to Industrial Property Law No. 351

As of the date of amendment of Industrial Property Law No 35, Panama has ratified the following international treaties and conventions: Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, December 2, 1961, revised on November 10, 1972, October […]

Latin America
24 Jun 2013

Geographic Indications and Denominations of Origin1

Review on available watching and searching strategies to detect potential conflicts between GI&DOs2 and TMs in Latin America. Facts covered in this brief: While most of the largest Latin American countries have set up “sui generis” regimes to protect geographical signs as GI&DO, others use trademark or alternative systems such as unfair competition and consumer […]

Colombia
24 Jun 2013

Combination of Numbers1

Unsuitable TM Discrimination Changes have been taking place recently in the TM Office where authorities therein have adopted a stricter criterion at the moment of evaluating registrability of applied signs. This attitude causes relevant number of observations based on the arts. 2 and 3 of TM Law, which establish the prohibitions of registration, focusing on […]

Latin America
24 Jun 2013

Brief outlook on the potential role to be played by Latin America in developing biofuel and other markets for alternative energy

Introduction Currently, there are great expectations in Latin America regarding the potential opportunities to be derived from biofuels and renewable energy, as many experts say it is an area in which the region is likely to become a global leader.1 Likewise, it is a fact that U.S. and European companies are very interested in exploring […]

Argentina
24 Jun 2013

ARGENTINA: Collective Trademarks

On August 27th it was approved Decree No. 1384/2008, corresponding to Law N° 26.355, that refers to collective trademarks Before discussing the regulation at issue, set below please find a brief overview about this new IP element implemented in the referenced legislation What is a collective trademark?: “Those used to distinguish products elaborated and/or services […]

Latin America
24 Jun 2013

Are your TMs sufficiently protected?1

Brief analysis of the Latin American context “The Mercosur countries recorded in previous years an economic growth between 7,5 and 9 percent, the domestic trade was 40 billion dollars- including Venezuela’s economic” Source: “Mercosur will regionale Integration stärken”, Deutsche Welle, 17/12/2010. www.dw-world.de “During the eight year presidency of Lula, Brazil established itself as the eighth […]

Argentina
24 Jun 2013

Watch Out Compulsive Protection of Defense Trademarks!

Are well-known TMs registered, as a way of defense, in other classes than the ones covering the products / services for which they are known, stronger than fresh TM applications legitimately filed in said other classes?   TM jurisprudence. Defense trademarks. Recent Court case Case: Campagnolo SRL vs Benvenuto SACEeI re:cease of opposition to TM […]

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