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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 […]

Costa Rica
24 Jun 2013

Accesion to the Hague Apostille

On December 14th, 2011, the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, the “Apostille Convention”, entered finally into force in Costa Rica. With this addition, currently the Latin-American countries members of the Apostille Treaty are: Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and […]

Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
24 Jun 2013

About the Adequation of Decision 486 of the Andean Community1

On August 13th 2008, The Commission of the Andean Community has issued Decision 689 which allows adequating certain provisions of Decision 486 granting rights to each country member to develop and strengthen protection of Industrial Property rights through internal legislation. Said Decision 689 recommends introducing amendments aimed at the following aspects of Decision 486 Patents […]

Uruguay
24 Jun 2013

Abandoned Patent Applications

Resolution 6/2011 invites Patent Attorneys to inform before December 31, 2011, the patent, industrial model and design applications, in which their applicants are no longer interested. This is an invitation and not a request, so it will have no negative consequences for the applicant, nor its applications, if nothing is informed. The aim of the […]

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