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Chile
24 Jun 2013

Bill updating Chilean IP Legislation is introduced into Congress

This past April 29th a bill to reform the existing Chilean IP Law No. 19.039 (as subsequently modified) was introduced in the Congress. The bill contains many important changes regarding the scope, limits and requirements to maintain the different sorts of IP rights as well as their enforcement. According to the text accompanying the Bill, […]

Caribbean
24 Jun 2013

BES-Island
Deadline for filing reconfirmation of former Netherlands Antilles registrations

In order to maintain and protect current national Antillean Trademark rights, current Netherlands Antilles holders will need to file maintenance/confirmation applications for the BES-Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba) before October 10th 2011. Applications are made to the Office for IP for the Caribbean Netherlands in the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property. Registration in the BES […]

Venezuela
24 Jun 2013

Back to Industrial Property Law of 1955?

The Venezuelan TM office (SAPI) published on September 17th last, a short notice informing that Venezuela restored the application of the Industrial Property Law of 1955, thus turning the dispositions contained in the Cartagena Agreement1, as inapplicable. The measure adopted by the respective Authority has as main argument, Venezuela�s withdrawal from the Andean Pact, of […]

Argentina
24 Jun 2013

Argentina adopted the 9th Edition of the Nice Classification

On November 30, 2007, the National Institute of Industrial Property decided to adopt the 9th Edition of the Nice Agreement concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the registration of trademarks. This Edition became effective on January 1st, 2008.

Venezuela
24 Jun 2013

Another Venezuelan Unique Feature

It is always important to remember that after the issuance of an Official Resolution (based on Art. 71,1°,g) it is a requirement to conduct a mandatory official trademark search (in the National classes equivalent to the corresponding international class) before filling an application. Moreover, filing of searched trademarks must be made within a short term […]

Panama
24 Jun 2013

Amendments to Industrial Property Law No. 35

Panama incorporated on October 5, 2012, some amendments to their IP Law, according to requirements since adoption of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The following are to be highlighted: Third parties may file observations against patentability of a patent application within two months counted as from the following day of the publication of the application, thus […]

Mexico
24 Jun 2013

Amendment of Regulations of the Industrial Property Law

Recognition of priority rights on Trademark Applications filed in Mexico. No need to file the certified copy of the foreign application for trademark applications filed in Mexico as from JUNE 13, 2011. Trademark applications filed with the Mexican TM Office as from the above date, which claim a foreign priority, will no longer require the […]

Argentina
24 Jun 2013

Amendment of Criminal Code to include counterfeiting of medicines

On November, 4, 2009, the Argentine Congress enacted Federal Law No. 26.524 that modifies the Criminal Code in order to include counterfeiting medicines, among the conducts prohibited. Let us recall that the old article 200 of the Criminal Code prohibited and punished the conducts of adulterating and poisoning medicines in a dangerous way for the […]

Chile
24 Jun 2013

Agreement to promote entrepreneurship and free competition

On July 27th, 2011, the Chilean National Institute of Intellectual Property (INAPI) and the National Economic Prosecutor (FNE) have signed a cooperation agreement in order to work together in IP-related issues and to promote free competition. Under adherence of the legal rules of discretion and confidentiality, both institutions committed themselves to exchange relevant information about […]

Guatemala
24 Jun 2013

Adoption of the 9th Edition of the Nice Classification

The Official Newspaper in Guatemala published on June 22nd, decision 443-2009 taken by the Ministry of Economy, which enables the TM Office to use the 9th Edition of the Nice Classification to distinguish goods and services for the registration of trademarks. The Nice Classification is up-dated every five years, the current being the ninth, since […]

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