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Intellectual Property Bulletin

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BRAZIL

THE BRAZILIAN PATENT OFFICE IMPLEMENTS NEW FILING REGULATIONS

The Brazilian Patent Office issued Resolution No. 190 demanding electronic filing of several documents and applications which could be submitted in paper format.

CHILE

NEW USE OF THE VIRTUAL PLATFORM TO ACCESS ONLINE SERVICES OF THE CHILEAN INSTITUTE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (INAPI)

As of June 1st 2017, any new user who wishes to access any of INAPI’s online services must do so through the creation of a “unique password”, provided by the aforementioned entity.

COLOMBIA

COUNCIL OF STATE REAFFIRMS STRICTNESS IN PHARMACEUTICAL TRADEMARK COMPARISON

The Council of State issued a ruling on March 16th 2017, highlighting that the registrability exam of trademarks covering pharmaceutical products requires more attention and rigor since consumer health is at stake.

COLOMBIA

INVIMA ANNOUNCES NEW PROVISIONS TO IMPLEMENT RESOLUTION No. 1124 OF 2016 IN REGARDS TO THE BIODISPONIBILITY AND BIOEQUIVALENCE STUDIES

Through external circular DG 100-0175-17, the National Institute of Food and Drug Surveillance (INVIMA) developed the criteria and requirements for the Bioavailability and Bioequivalence studies in Colombia for the procedure implementations established in Resolution No. 1124 2016.

COLOMBIA AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

INVIMA STRENGTHENS THE SANITARY AUTHORITY FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN THEIR REGULATORY CAPACITY

INVIMA, being a Regional Regulatory Authority for Medicines (RNA) for Regional Medicines and Biological Products in the Americas, offers support to the Dominican Republic’s health entity to strengthen its regulatory capacity.

CAYMAN ISLANDS

NEW LAW ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON AUGUST 1st OF 2017

The new law on Trademarks, Design Rights and Patents was approved last year and will be implemented on 1st August, 2017. Consequently, the practice of re- registering UK and EU trademarks will come to an end on July 31st of 2017.