By Marta Garcia
Since October 2014, the Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) has been working as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Additionally, since January 1, 2018, INAPI can also issue international search reports and international preliminary patentability reports both in Spanish and English.
The following 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries have designated the INAPI as PCT ISA/IPEA: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago.
During 2018, 380 applicants — half of which were non-Chilean applicants — designated the INAPI as ISA. This shows an increase of 45% over 2017. Almost half of the patent applications designating INAPI as ISA since 2014 have been in the mechanical field.
In its role as ISA/IPEA, INAPI performed 304 international search reports and written opinions in 2018.
In its role as PCT Receiving Office (RO), during 2018 INAPI received 202 applications, 43% more than in 2017.
Currently, there are 22 Patent Offices worldwide working as PCT ISA/IPEA. In Latin America, the Chilean INAPI and the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), are the two only Patent Offices to have been designated as PCT ISA/IPEA.
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by Marta García
The National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI) has ranked as the second most innovative Intellectual Property (IP) office in the world, according to the World Trademark Review (WTR), the world’s only independent daily news and information service dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues internationally.
The IP Office Innovation Ranking is WTR´s annual project to recognize the IP offices around the world that are “committed to exploring value-add non-core offerings for users” with “boundary-pushing tools and services”.
In the third edition of WTR’s annual IP Office Innovation Ranking study, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has reached the top position for the third time in a row. Chile, which has achieved the top position in America, has shared second place with Spain and Singapore.
Over 100 IP professionals were contacted by WTR worldwide and invited to share their insights on the non-core services from their local IP offices.
The 2019 IP Office Innovation Ranking studied 50 of the leading trademark offices from around the world, examining three areas in particular detail: value-added propositions, online capabilities, and public outreach efforts.
WTR described INAPI, which was also among the 10 top IP offices in its inaugural study in 2017 as an agency that “is doing enough beyond maintaining a trademark register.”
Among the best-rated aspects of INAPI were the accessibility and quality of the trademark searching and processing tools available on its website.
“We have made an effort to improve our systems, so that online processing is our users’ first choice. Currently, 89% of trademark applications are filed through our website, which requires us to maintain a high standard of quality and efficiency in our processes,” said Mr. Esteban Figueroa, National Director of INAPI, commenting on the achievement.
In addition, the study emphasized INAPI´s efforts on public outreach, among which IP learning tools and the use of social media for reaching new audiences to stand out.
Regarding value-added propositions, WTR highlighted INAPI’s initiatives on technical advice and support to local entrepreneurs on IP matters.
In April last year, INAPI inaugurated its Technology and Innovation Support Center (CATI), backed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which provides entrepreneurs with IP search tools and assistance/training regarding technological information, database search, specific searches (e.g., novelty, prior art and infractions) and technology analysis.
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The Chilean national football team player, Arturo Vidal, is being sued by the “Hueso Santo” advertising agency because, according to their claim, one of the player’s tattoos is based on a logo they created.
For this reason, the above-mentioned advertising agency filed its complaint before the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), alleging that the player, who has the tattoo on his neck, “would have inappropriately appropriated a design and a trademark that does not belong to him.” The company also said that it will also file a criminal complaint for infringement based on the Copyright Law, which establishes a fine amounting to a large sum.
The company explained that in May 2014 it created and registered the “AV” logo and the “King Arturo” brand, which were presented to Vidal’s representatives, Twenty Two, but no agreement was reached. Hueso Santo’s lawyer, Felipe Schuster, indicated that “we will demonstrate the bad intentions of Vidal’s representatives and of the player himself when he took the logo that he did not own and used it. The same logo from 2014, is a logo that was not created by him, but by one of my clients, without any type of authorization or prior license.”
The next step is to wait for the decision of the Chilean Trademark Office or the Chilean court. This case and the interesting grounds that may arise around it will be closely watched. One thing is clear: When it comes to tattooing, people will now have to think twice what image or phrase to use as they could end up receiving a lawsuit.
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