In December 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators 2018 report, which shows IP statistics worldwide. Patent filings around the world reached 3.17 million, representing a 5.8% growth on 2016 figures, trademark filings totalled 12.39 million, up 26.8% on 2016, and industrial design filing activity exceeded 1.24 million. China recorded the highest application volume for each of these IP rights.
Regarding patent filings in the Latin American and the Caribbean region, WIPO´s study report a slight decrease (-0.1%) on the average annual growth from 2007 to 2017, with 57,600 patents filed in 2017.
On the other hand, trademark filings in the region showed a 3.3% increase on the average annual growth over the same period, reaching 715,900 applications in 2017. This average percentage annual growth was similar to that for North America (3.9%) and higher to the one in Europe (0.2%).
Industrial design filings during the 2007-2017 period in the Latin American and the Caribbean region also shows a slight average annual increase (0.6%), with 15,500 filings in 2017.
Below are IP data for the period 2007-2018 according to the statistics published by the corresponding PTOs of the top …Read More
An advice piece by Laura Moreno Sosa
I have recently been talking to a friend, founding partner of a successful global startup, about the level of importance his company gives to Intellectual Property (IP) protection. It came as no surprise to find out that they really do not pay much attention to it since they are more focused on establishing a lucrative company in order to sell it, make a profit, and move onto the next project.
The low priority to safeguard IP early on, which I suspect is common to most startups, is very menacing to the valuation of the company.
Next, I would like to offer what I consider to be the most important aspects of IP that should be considered as early as possible in a developing business.
1. Identify your intellectual assets
It is very important to understand the different types of existing IP protection for the different types of intellectual creations within a company. In order to secure a startup’s IP it is very important to get proper counsel that can help recognize the value IP can bring to the company.
The proper timing to move forward with a comprehensive protection of the …Read More
In January 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member states signed The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), except Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia and Cyprus. In February 2012, some signatory countries, like Poland and Bulgaria, as well as non-signatory ones, announced the stop of the ratification process, mainly because of numerous protests that were held against ACTA.
ACTA cannot enter into force on the European Union without the ratification by all member states, and the approval of the European Parliament. On March 2012, the European Commission asked the European Court of Justice to assess whether the ACTA agreement violates the European Union’s fundamental human rights and freedoms, like freedom of expression and information, protection of personal data and intellectual property. This decision was adopted taking into account the pressure of the public opinion against this treaty. In case that the Parliament does not ratify the agreement, there would exist the possibility that some countries ratify this by themselves, but it would not have effects in the hall European Union.
The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international treatment “that aims to raise global standards of enforcement of intellectual property rights”, and in that way helping “countries work together …
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has recently approved the launching of new generic top-level domains -gTLDs- (which currently includes such domains as .com, .net, .gov, .biz, etc.).
This change may have a big impact on the Internet’s Domain Name System, representing an increase of defensive domain registrations and a different manner of finding information and communicating on the web.
Internet address names will be able to end with almost any word in any language.
The first launching is planned for the entertainment industry under gTLD .xxx, opened not only to trademark and domain registration’s holders who belong to this sectors, but also to those who are outside and want to block their trademarks .xxx.
Until the middle of 2013, other gTLD approved by ICANN are going to be launched, namely .viaje, .hotel, .movie, .shop, etc., for those who are interested in associating their activity with a specific gTLD and be known to public in such way.
Finally, between January 12 and April 12, 2012, organizations would also have the possibility to market their brands, products, community or cause through their own gTLD (e.g. .coca-cola, .buenosaires, .volkswagen, etc.).
In this sense, companies, which are known today with …
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced last April the creation of an online web platform in order to contribute to the fight against piracy, which is named World Anti-Piracy Observatory (WAPO).
This web platform provides all kinds of useful, comprehensive and updated information concerning anti-piracy polices and measures taken by the UNESCO member states.
That means that the main objective of this site is to provide data and information about measures, policies and administrative mechanisms used by the state members in the fight against piracy, a current worldwide problem, which increases every year.
The information contained in WAPO is a useful and beneficial resource for national authorities, since same will have access to the different solutions taken by other state members in order to improve its own measures and piracy policies.
It is also a useful instrument for authors, creators, and other property right holders, who can get information from this web platform, and consequently know more about their rights, and enforce same.
The creation of this platform was recommended during the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Copyright Committee in 2005; and has finally entered into force.
Everyone has free access to WAPO and it is …Read More
Early October 2010, the countries leading the still ongoing negotiation on a new multilateral Treaty (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA) that targets the rising problem of international trade of counterfeited products and piracy, informed that they had agreed on the final text of the draft during a meeting in Tokyo.
It is worth mentioning that the main countries promoting this Treaty are the United States, the European Union and Japan; which have had the support of Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Morocco.
So far the only Latin American country participating in the negotiations and supporting the entrance in force of such Treaty has been Mexico.
Most others Latin American countries, particularly Argentina and Brazil, have expressed concerns and negative opinions about many proposed sections of this eventually multilateral Treaty. Other countries like China, India and South Africa share these concerns.
Most of the criticisms on the Draft are related to enforcement provisions that would limit privacy rights on Internet as well as others that would allow the inspection of certain pasangersÂ´belongins at local Customs and the seizure of allegedly infringing products in transit (even generic medicines in transit).
Given that counterfeiting is a major problem worldwide, …Read More