IMPI now allows the public to access its technological information
The patent office makes available to all interested persons information contained in patents documents
The Mexican PTO has allowed the public to access patent applications, patents and utility model registrations, industrial designs or circuit layout designs already deemed free to use.
In the first publication, IMPI issued a gazette with technological information contained in patent documents freely usable in Mexico, because their temporal and territorial protection granted has expired. It’s important to know that if an inventor applies a patent for one invention in a country, it will have twenty years of protection inside the territory and may seek protection for the same invention. This, if it is within the time limits for each law, otherwise the information contained in the patent document enters the public domain.
The director of the Mexican PTO, Miguel ÁngelMargáin, expressedduring a conference at the Universidad NacionalAutónoma de México (UNAM), “…the importance of increasing the number of inventors in order to create new national inventions and to protect them…” and stressed that “…the role of the University is fundamental to achieve this goal…” In this sense, the UNAM filed more patent applications during last year than the other national universities. Margáin concluded that “…an effective way to encourage the technological development is to motivate people to create and innovate.”