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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 […]

Argentina
24 Jun 2013

Adoption of the 10th Edition of the Nice Classification

As from January 1st, 2013, the TM Office adopted the 10th Edition of the Nice Classification to distinguish goods and services for the registration of trademarks Resolution Nr. P-297, taken by the President of the argentinean PTO, was published in the Official Bulletin last December 28th 2012. It is to be noted, that this adoption […]

Peru
24 Jun 2013

Accession to the Hague Apostille

On November 9th, 2009, the Congress approved Peru’s accession to the Hague Apostille Convention. Although this country was already a member of the Hague Conference, it had not signed the Hague Apostille Convention until now. However, it will not enter into force until Peru deposits the corresponding instrument of accession. After this, another Peruvian law […]

Argentina
24 Jun 2013

Access Strasbourg Agreement concerning the international patent classification

On September 13, 2007, the Government of the Argentine Republic deposited the instrument of accession to the Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification of March 24, 1971, as amended on September 28, 1979.Said Agreement will enter into force, with respect to the Argentine Republic, on September 13, 2008. Argentine Patent Office has used said […]

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