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, the goal is to modernize the current law for both encompassing the new technological developments and assisting the country in its expansive policy on international trade with the world.
Regarding trademarks, the aim of the Bill is to broaden the scope of protection to include tridimensional and scent marks as well as trade names.
Moreover, the Bill is going to set forth a new substantive cause of action to cancel non used trademark, which would put Chile in line with the trademark systems of most of the countries worldwide.