Annual Report by Chilean PTO highlights 2014 achievements
The Chilean PTO (INAPI) has recently launched the Annual Report 2015, which summarizes the main goals achieved by the office last year.
The report highlights the start of INAPI as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA/IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for Latin American and Caribbean PCT-members.
Also noted as important in the Chilean IP report is the “Sello de Origen” (Seal of Origin) program for the promotion, preservation, protection and development of domestic products through protection by geographical indications, appellations of origin, collective marks and certification marks. Since its launch in 2012 through late 2014, 12 products have been recognized by this program.
Another important achievement mentioned in INAPI´s report is the new IP draft law aimed at better protection and enforcement of IP rights,as well as a more efficient granting and registration procedure, which has been recently sent to the congress for analysis.
Regarding the access of public to industrial property, the report mentions the launch by INAPI of a search engine of public domain technologies. In addition, several publications were released, training workshops launched and several national cooperation agreements were signed between INAPI and both public and private organizations.
An important achievement by INAPI during 2014 regarding the improvement of its services was the launch of the online tool “One Click Trademark Renewal”, which optimizes the process of TM registry renewals.
With regard to international cooperation, the annual report highlights the work carried out by INAPI with some members of PROSUR, the Pacific Alliance Initiative, the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, as well as several cooperation agreements signed with India, China, Paraguay, Mexico and WIPO.
Finally, INAPI´s annual report gives data regarding IP filings. During 2014 the Patent Division concluded the examination of 4,010 pending files. Taking into account that in 2014 the number of patent applications was of 3,643, this meant a total patent backlog decrease of 10 percent.
Another highlight regarding 2014’s patent proceeding management was the reduction of the average patent processing time. According to INAPI, 68 percent of the total stock of patent applications without pre-grant oppositions has an expected processing time of up to three years.
Regarding the Trademark Division, more than 60,000 applications filed during 2014 advanced in their process (including new registrations, renewals, recordals and claims), and more than 140,000 administrative decisions were issued. From the latter, over 74,000 correspond to administrative decisions involving the conclusion of a trademark application processing.
Additionally, in 2014 the average time for processing a trademark application without pre-grant oppositions was reduced from 9 months to 6.4 months, which means a decrease of 28.8 percent over 2013.