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Ecuador
24 Jun 2013

Extension of terms to file oppositions no longer accepted

The Ecuadorian Trademark Office has decided to eliminate the possibility of term extensions to file opposition (under Resolution No. 11-029 P-IEPI), in concordance with the Andean Community Regulations As from July 2011, the Ecuadorian Trademark Office has decided to eliminate exensions of terms to file oppositions against trademark applications, considering that there was a contradiction […]

Dominica
24 Jun 2013

Examination of the trademark law

Ten years following its enactment, Dominica put into force on 2nd February, 2009, its Marks, Collective Marks and Trade Names Act 1999. The dual system of local and UK-based applications has been abolished and it will no longer be possible to file an application in Dominica based on a UK mark. This new law brings […]

Puerto Rico
24 Jun 2013

Enactment of new TM Law

A new trademark Law was enacted on December 16, 2009, by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, revoking the former TM Law of 1991. The new Law, among other stipulations, provides for the registration of Tms used or ITU (Intended to Use) TMs in Puerto Rico changes the term after which a mark not in use […]

Worldwide
24 Jun 2013

Draft ACTA text was finalized

Early October 2010, the countries leading the still ongoing negotiation on a new multilateral Treaty (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA) that targets the rising problem of international trade of counterfeited products and piracy, informed that they had agreed on the final text of the draft during a meeting in Tokyo. It is worth mentioning that […]

Caribbean
24 Jun 2013

Disintegration of the Netherlands Antilles: recently confirmed information

The Bureau for Intellectual Property from Curacao has officially confirmed that for one year they will be in charge of the Bureau for Intellectual Property from St.Maarten. The official fees for St.Maarten have also been confirmed and Curacao will maintain the former AN fees. Only for Caribbean Netherlands (BES Islands) re-registration of an existing AN […]

Caribbean
24 Jun 2013

Disintegration of the Netherlands Antilles

The Kingdom of The Netherlands will adopt a new structure as from October 10, 2010. The Netherlands Antilles (AN), formed by five Caribbean islands, will be disintegrated; and instead, two new autonomous countries will turn up in this Kingdom. One of them is Curacao (with approx. 144.000 inhabitants) and the other one St. Maarten (approx. […]

Argentina
24 Jun 2013

Cuevana

On November 2011, the Judge of first instance Gustavo Carmelo granted the precautionary measures requested by Imagen Satelital S.A. and ordered Cuevana (an Argentine website that offers links to external online storage of movies and series) to block access to three shows that are property of the petitioner. Section 79 of the Argentine Intellectual Property […]

Argentina
24 Jun 2013

Creation of the National Authority of Internet Domain Registration

According to the new Decree No. 189/11 recently published in the Official Bulletin, the mentioned Authority will administrate the top level domain “.ar” as well as the registration of internet domain names of natural persons or legal entities. The National Authority of Internet Domain Registration will depend from the Legal and Technical Secretary of the […]

Mexico
24 Jun 2013

Counterfeiting: recent approval of a reform in criminal matters

The Chamber of Deputies has recently approved a reform in criminal matters, which authorizes the Public Ministry to initiate preliminary investigations ex-officio regarding those who are engaged in practices of piracy. This reform will introduce a change in the way of prosecuting these crimes that so far required a lawsuit filed by the rights’ holder […]

Brazil
24 Jun 2013

Cotton case: Brazil suspends cross-retaliate against U.S. intellectual property rights after reaching a provisional agreement

On April 6, 2010, the governments of Brazil and the U.S. reached a preliminary agreement on that avoided (or, properly speaking, delayed) the entrance in force of cross-retaliatory (for an amount up to u$s 239 million in the form of restrictions, suspensions and others, of IPRs) measures. Just when the Brazilian Government was going to […]

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