Last Updates in South American IP Collaborative Project PROSUR
On June 29-30, 2015, a Steering Committee Meeting of the regional collaborative project PROSUR was held in Buenos Aires (Argentina) with the aim of discussing future improvements to be implemented and revising achieved goals.
During the meeting, the PROSUR members highlighted the consolidation of the online platform e-PEC for the collaborative patent examination, and the set-up of the trademark and patent search engine carried out with the databases of the nine PROSUR members.
Additionally, the implementation of a PROSUR Community Trademark was discussed. Some members, including Colombia, do not rule out supporting this proposal, although they suggest analyzing the feasibility of a sub-regional trademark protection. As for Ecuador, representatives supported the initiative and suggested developing a harmonized protocol for each member to adopt.
In 2010, the PTOs of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Uruguay started to work on the collaborative project PROSUR, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. The aim of the project, which keeps each country’s sovereignty to regulate IP matters according to its own local law, is to consolidate the process of technical and institutional cooperation between the PTOs of the South American region.The first specific step of the project focused on the non-binding exchange of patent examination results.
In March 2011, the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) expressed its support to PROSUR acting as a “specialized cooperating agency of the project.” WIPO developed an online platform, called WIPO CASE, for patent offices to share information and reports relating to patent search and examination.
In June 2014, PROSUR project entered its second phase, with main objectives to implement services between PTOs in order to optimize the patent examination process, facilitate the simultaneous application for trademarks, develop an institutional framework and improve the dissemination of technological information in the public domain.