REGULATION OF DISCLAIMERS ON TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS
On May 31st 2016, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) issued Resolution No. 166, which establishes the regulation of disclaimers on trademark registrations.
ACELERATED EXAMINATION FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN APPLICATIONS
The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (BPTO), published Resolution No. 167/2016 which refers to the accelerated examination for industrial design applications related to sporting goods.
ANNUAL PAYMENT FEES FOR TRADEMARKS AND PATENTS
The General Registry of the Cayman Islands has issued Practice Note No. 01/2016 by which annuity payments for patents and trademark renewals are regulated.
GRANTING OF THE FIRST TACTILE TRADEMARK IN COLOMBIA
The Colombian Trademark Office recently granted the first tactile trademark for the recognized “Old Parr” whisky bottle by means of Resolution No. 3718 of 2016, which also settled the formal requirements for obtaining such trademark protection.
NEW PATENT PROSECUTION HIGHWAYS IN COLOMBIA
The Colombian government is planning to sign three new agreements implementing Patent Prosecution Highways with the European Patent Office, Prosur and the Pacific Alliance.
FOOD LABELS CONTAINING SUGARS, CALORIES, SODIUM AND/OR SATURATED FAT
Starting from June 26th 2016 there will be a new legal obligation for manufacturers, producers, distributors and importers of packaged foods to include in the label an index related to sugars, calories, sodium and/or saturated fats.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OPPOSITION SYSTEM IN MEXICO
On April 28th 2016, the Mexican Congress approved a reform to the Mexican Industrial Property Law adopting the oppositions system.