A Chilean proposal has once again brought back the battle of Peru against Chile to recognize pisco as a national drink of one of these two countries. The aforementioned proposal came from the Chilean Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, who proposed in mid-February that both countries reach an agreement to complement each other in order to obtain that their corresponding liquor is recognized as ¨pisco¨ in each country.
Although the Chilean Minister of Agriculture said that during a recent visit to Lima he proposed to his Peruvian counterpart, Gustavo Mostajo, a formula to put an end to the dispute between both countries regarding the denomination of origin of the alcoholic beverage, by complementing and recognizing the ip right of both of them over the aforementioned denomination in the international markets, the Peruvian Minister of Culture, Rogers Valencia, said that it is not possible that within the Peruvian legislation “the Chilean liquor is considered pisco”, highlighting that the right of denomination of origin is related to a geographical space, to a specific process and that, in addition, pisco is made with a specific variety of “grape”.
In this sense, the pisco war not only transcended borders, but also continents. On the Peru side, according to Indecopi (Office of the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property), 71 countries recognize the Peruvian right over the denomination of origin over pisco, such as India, Thailand, Ukraine, South Africa, Bolivia, Guatemala and Colombia, among others. Also, the Peruvian institute added that Chile “improperly modified” the name of a region of its territory (Pisco Elqui) in order to appropriate the term, an argument that is widely rejected by the neighboring country. As for Chile, it was explained that there are only four countries that recognize the appellation of origin of pisco as exclusively Chilean, which are Australia, Brunei, New Zealand and Turkey.
On the other hand, both countries prevent in their respective territories that the pisco of the opposite retains that name when they enter their corresponding markets, trying to enforce, in this way, the exercise of the rights that they understand the denomination of origin grants to them. Clearly, the last word in this historic dispute over the original ownership of this grape-based drink, of which the international community will continue to be a spectator, has not yet been said.
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The fight against piracy always meant an important effort for the governments, but in the last years, due to the accelerated evolution that the different technological means have experienced in a short period, the fight against piracy is not only physical and tangible but also digital, being often the digital piracy more powerful and damaging by having no defined limits.
For this reason, different governments began to take measures in line with this new type of online piracy. An example of the abovementioned measures are the new strategies for the fight against piracy taken in Peru (including digital anti-piracy) by the Indecopi – National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property – during the first quarter of the current year.
As Indecopi was able to determine, the sectors most affected by digital piracy within the Peruvian territory are those related to music and the retransmission of soccer programs. This is why the institution will begin to review a series of cases both by complaints by parties and by ex officio against certain pirate websites. In the case of music, Indecopi aimed to sites such as “Godaddy”, to which the Official Author Institution has issued precautionary measures to indicate the removal of pirated websites hosted within its platform, even though these sites do not have domicile in Peru. In regards to the retransmission of football matches, the Peruvian institution pointed to sites such as “Direct Red”, which would be reproducing copyright and related rights of others, without paying any kind of right. For that reason, Indecopi not only dictated a series of precautionary measures to suspend this website, but also requested the Peruvian telecommunication operators (Telefónica, Claro, Bitel) to cut off the possibility of this site to continuing to transmit this soccer programs.
In this regard, it is important to highlight that the commitment of the Peruvian government in the fight against piracy has begun a few years ago, with the closest background being the one carried out by the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in Customs Crimes and Intellectual Property of Lima against the Pelis24 domain.tv. Therefore, these last measures come from a serious and continuous policy that Indecopi, together with other Peruvian associations, have been applying for some years in Peru, and it is expected that this line will continue and be reinforced in the coming years.
By Marta García
On January 6, 2019, the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection of Peru (INDECOPI) joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) Pilot Program.
The aim of the PPH program is to expedite the processing of patent applications and to reduce overlapping examination work done by different patent offices. Under a PPH program, an applicant who has filed a first application with a first patent office and has received a positive opinion that the claims are allowable/patentable, may request fast-track examination of a corresponding application pending at a second office.
The GPPH pilot program allows patent applicants to request accelerated examination of a patent application at any of the participating offices if its claims have been found to be acceptable by any of the other participating offices. The system includes both national and PCT applications.
Currently the following patent offices participate in the GPPH pilot program: IP Australia (IP Australia), Austrian Patent Office (APO), Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), Estonian Patent Office (EPA), Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH), German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO), Icelandic Patent Office (IPO), Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ), Israel Patent Office (ILPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection of Peru (INDECOPI), National Institute of Industrial Property of Portugal (INPI), Nordic Patent Institute (NPI), Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO), Patent Office of the Republic of Poland (PPO), Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (ROSPATENT), Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM), Superintendence of Industry and Commerce of Colombia (SIC), Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI).
Additionally, the following PPH programs are currently running in the INDECOPI:
- PPH INDECOPI-OEPM: On January 1, 2016, a PPH pilot program started between the INDECOPI and the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM). The pilot program runs in automatically renewable 2-year periods.
- PPH Pacific Alliance: On July 1, 2016, a PPH pilot program started between the Chilean, Colombian, Mexican and Peruvian PTOs, all members of the regional collaborative project Pacific Alliance. The program will have a duration of three years, extendable to four years with previous agreement between the parties.
- PPH PROSUR: On October 1, 2016, a PPH pilot program started between the Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Ecuadorian, Paraguayan, Peruvian and Uruguayan PTOs, all members of the regional collaborative project on Industrial Property PROSUR. The program will have a duration of three years, extendable to four years with previous agreement between the parties.
- PPH INDECOPI-JPO: On November 1, 2017, a PPH pilot program started between the INDECOPI and the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The pilot program was approved to run for a period of three years, which could be extended.
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