After receiving a Fast-Track designation from the FDA last March for the development of an anti-Ebola viral therapeutic, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation (a Canadian leading developer of RNA interference therapeutics) announced on August 7 that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on the TKM-Ebola Investigational New Drug application to a partial clinical hold. This would enable the potential use of TKM-Ebola in individuals infected with Ebola virus.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. Ebola outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. In the light of the recent developments associated with the latest outbreak that involves the virus transmission in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement on August 8 informing that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have been met.
No licensed vaccine neither a specific treatment are currently available, hence the importance of finding an effective drug that could be used to treat this serious …Read More
Following Apple’s problems in Mexico and Brazil related to the registration of the mark “iPhone,” in April an Argentine Tribunal of second instance upheld a judicial decision holding that the opposition filed by the owner of the Argentine registration for the word mark “WORK” claiming certain products of Class 9 against Apple´s application for “iWORK” in the same class was not undue or meritless given that both terms were confusingly similar.
As a background to this case, it is worth pointing out that the Argentine PTO (INPI) database shows that an Argentine individual filed an application for the mark “WORK” in Class 9 in 1993. That application, renewed in 2012, claimed only “teaching apparatus and instruments, automatic sales apparatus that function through the introduction of coins or tokens, cash register, machines for calculating and controlling (sic) and computers of general data.” Moreover, INPI’s database shows that on August 6, 2004, Apple filed an application for the word mark “iWORK” in Class 9, which was opposed by the mentioned individual based on his mark “WORK.”
According to the April 23 decision issued by the Chamber III of the Federal Appellate Tribunal on Civil and Commercial Matters, the enormous level of fame …Read More
We are glad to share with you that Dra. Natalia Pennisi (IP Lawyer), has been accepted to join the WIPO Summer School in Intellectual Property, which will be held in Mexico from July 29th to August 9th. The program consists of lectures by eminent WIPO and external experts in the field of IP as well as case studies and group discussions on selected IP topics, and it’s offered by the WIPO Academy and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property.
Natalia is specialized in Copyright and in order to deep her knowledge in this field throughout Latin America, she will be doing an internship at the Copyright Department of Dumont Bergmann Bider, one of the most prestigious IP Law Firm in Mexico.…Read More
Mariano Municoy (Attorney at Law) was accepted to spend one semester as a Foreign Visiting Professor at Chicago Kent College of Law following an invitation extended by Professor Mickie Piatt.
During his stay, Mariano is going to teach the course “Trademark Law in Latin America” (LAW 139), which is a two credit optional course open to JD and LLM students. This course will address the various substantive laws of trademarks in various Latin American countries for the purpose of comparison and contrast. The course will include discussion of the international treaties and trade agreements that exist among and between the United States and the various countries. Particular attention will be paid to the strategies that might be considered in registering trademarks in Latin America and in enforcing those trademarks. Additionally, the procedural differences of the trademark/intellectual property offices in the countries will also be covered.
Moreover, Mariano was invited to participate in the Boot Camp to be conducted during two weeks in August 2013 prior to the beginning of the Master on IP Management and Markets, which is a unique program worth taking a look at on http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/master-of-ip-management-and-markets LLM on Management of IP.
Finally, during the months …Read More