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patent prosecution highway program Mexicoip articles
21 Jun 2018

Patent Prosecution Highway Programs in Mexico

By Moeller IP Advisors A recent report by the WIPO placed Mexico among the first 15 countries for the number of patents granted per year. According to the last data available, in 2016, the Mexican Intellectual Property Office (IMPI) received 17413 applications and granted 8652 patents. The average pendency time for a first office action […]

New Measures to Cut Down on Brazil Patent Backlogip articles
20 Jun 2018

New Measures to Cut Down on Brazil Patent Backlog

By Moeller IP Advisors It is very well known that the backlog is probably the main issue affecting the Brazilian patent system. A patent may take an average of 7-10 years for being granted – and although the Brazilian Patent Office, the INPI, has established a series of special programs or patent prosecution highways to […]

Internet of Things in Brazilip articles
18 Jun 2018

Internet of Things in Brazil: Economic Potential and Legal Implications

By Moeller IP Advisors The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming increasingly popular and expert are talking about a “fourth industrial revolution” when referring to the potentials that IoT technologies have to offer. In simple terms, the Internet of Things consists of a network of physical devices which are connected to the […]

Trademark Registration in Argentinaip articles
15 Jun 2018

Opposing a Trademark Registration in Argentina

According to data from the Argentine Patent Office (INPI) in 2016, there were 71.020 trademark applications and 14.211 trademark oppositions, around 20% of all applications. What’s the procedure for opposing a trademark registration in Argentina? The Argentine Trademark Law 22362 establishes that every trademark application is followed by a formal examination carried out by the INPI. […]

Regulation of Biosimilars in Argentinaip articles
14 Jun 2018

The Regulation of Biosimilars in Argentina

By Moeller IP Advisors Research and production costs for developing pharmaceuticals are extremely high, especially for biological drugs. Biopharmaceutical companies can expect to spend up to US$ 1.3 billion for developing and testing a single drug, and the costs are constantly increasing. The expiration of the exclusive rights conferred by patents causes a further profit […]

Gene Therapy Treatmentsip articles
13 Jun 2018

The Legal Framework for Gene Therapy Treatments in Mexico

By Moeller IP Advisors Gene therapy is a pioneering medical technique which consists in introducing genes or other genetic materials into a patient’s cells for therapeutic purposes. Genes are inserted to correct or replace abnormal or mutated genes into the patient’s body. Gene therapy has been developed to cure hereditary genetic conditions but late discoveries […]

Domain Names and Trademark Infringements - The Brazilian Experienceip articles
08 Jun 2018

Domain Names and Trademark Infringements – The Brazilian Experience

By Moeller IP Advisors In the mid-1990s and early 2000s, Brazil was overwhelmed by what commentators described as a real “avalanche” of cybersquatting cases: thousands of domain names were registered using a small variation of a trademark name, in order to mislead consumers and divert traffic away from the legitimate websites. The relative facility with […]

When Patents Can Help Protect Breeders Interests in Brazilip articles
07 Jun 2018

When Patents Can Help Protect Breeders Interests in Brazil

Brazil, in line with other South American countries, like Mexico or Argentina, does not consider new plant varieties eligible for patent protection. Cultivars can be protected through the  Brazilian Plant Variety Protection Law enacted in 1997, Law 9456/1997, and that has incorporated the provisions of the 1978 UPOV Convention. The PVP law grants the breeder […]

trade name and trademarkip articles
01 Jun 2018

Trade Names and Trademarks in South America: the Case of Brazil

By Moeller IP Advisors In today’s competitive economy, business owners need to ensure adequate IP protection for their company by registering their trademark, patent, copyright and last but not least, trade name. It is particularly important to differentiate between trademarks and trade names: a trade name is the name that identifies a company after the […]

Rules for Labelling and Advertising Food and Beverages in Mexicoip articles
31 May 2018

Rules for Labelling and Advertising Food and Beverages in Mexico

By Moeller IP Advisors In the last years, Mexico has been facing a rise in health issues connected to poor diet and drinking habits. According to the National Health and Nutrition Survey 2006, hypertension increased of 25% in the previous six years, while data from the OECD shows that in 2015 a whopping 30% of […]

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