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Intellectual Property Bulletin

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COLOMBIA

APPROVAL OF COPYRIGHT AND NEIGHBORING RIGHTS LAW

One of the requirements for Colombia’s access to the Organization for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was the approval of a law updating the current Copyright and Neighboring Rights regime. The bill was recently approved by Congress and was submitted for presidential approval in order to become enforceable

COLOMBIA

THE FASTEST PATENT OFFICE TO DECIDE PATENT APPLICATIONS

The Patent Office in Colombia – the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce – has the shortest time in deciding applications for patents for invention and utility model

COLOMBIA

55% OF PATENT APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN COLOMBIA ARE GRANTED

The Colombian Patent Office – The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce – has increased considerably the percentage of patent applications granted in the country. For 2016 – 2017, 55% of the filed patent applications were granted, 25% more than those granted in 2006 – 2009, where only 30% of the filed patent applications were granted

BOLIVIA

IMPLEMENTING BOLIVIA´S FORMAL ACCESSION TO THE HAGUE APOSTILLE CONVENTION
Recently, the Bolivian Government enacted Supreme Decree No. 3541 for the purpose of its implementation by the means of which ratified the accession to The Hague Apostille Convention

MEXICO

AMENDMENT TO THE INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY LAW
The Mexican Industrial Property Law was amended and published on May 18th 2018. It comprises several changes regarding trademarks and the introduction of denominations of origin and geographic indications as well as trade dress

PERU

REGULATION OF THE MEDICAL AND THERAPEUTIC USE OF CANNABIS AND ITS DERIVATIVES
On May 16th Peru published the bill that regulates the medical and therapeutic use of cannabis and its derivatives (Law No. 30681)

PERU

SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF GOOD DISTRIBUTION AND TRANSPORT PRACTICES

The scope of application of good distribution and transport practices applies only to drug stores and specialized stores that participate at a national level in the process of distribution and transportation of pharmaceutical products, regardless of the required conditions, as well as medical devices that require refrigerated temperature and frozen temperature conditions, according to the Office Action issued by the The General Directorate of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs in Peru