Pacific Alliance develops IP Agreement
During the Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held from October 5 to 14, 2015 in Geneva, the PTOs of the Pacific Alliance members – Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – signed a joint declaration on cooperation to strengthen innovation, creativity and technological advances.
The declaration includes the following IP cooperation activities:
- Expediting patent prosecution through the signature of an agreement regarding a Patent Prosecution Highway Program between the PTOs of the Pacific Alliance members.
- Harmonizing and simplifying the trademark registration process in order to save time and cost. The signatory offices are considering the implementation of unified forms for trademark registration in the four countries.
- Establishing a technological platform pilot program for the information dissemination and technology transfer.
The Pacific Alliance is an initiative for regional integration developed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, officially established on April 28, 2011.Its main objective is to “move progressively towards the free movement of goods, services, resources and people.”