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Intellectual Property Bulletin

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COLOMBIA

THE COLOMBIAN TRADEMARK AND PATENT OFFICE RENEWED ITS QUERY AND ONLINE FILING SYSTEM

The Colombian Trademark and Patent Office implemented a new technology platform that will serve both for trademark and patent applications and procedures. In implementing this new platform there will be modifications in other aspect such as fees, consultation and filing.

COLOMBIA

THE TECHNICAL BENEFITS WHEN THE INVENTIVE STEP REQUIREMENT IN BIOTECHNOLOGY INVENTIONS IS EVALUATED

In a recent ruling by the Colombian Patent Office, a patent was granted in the field of biotechnology recognizing the validity of the technical advantages when assessing the inventive level.

COLOMBIA

THE TREATY OF MARRAKECH WILL BE INFORCED ON SEPTEMBER 2016

The Treaty of Marrakech is a catalog of exceptions that allows visually impaired people to access the use of different types of copyright protected works.

COLOMBIA

THE EVIDENCE OF NON-USE OF A TRADEMARK MUST BE PROVEN BY ITS APPLICANT

By means of Resolution No. 22286 of April 28th 2016 the Colombian Trademark Office confirmed that justified non-use of a trademark must be proven by its applicant.

COLOMBIA, MEXICO, PERU AND CHILE

SIGN A PATENT PROSECUTION HIGHWAY AGREEMENT

In the framework of the XI Pacific Alliance Summit Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Chile issued a joint statement in order to implement a pilot program in regards to the Patent Prosecution Highway involving the different Trademark and Patent Offices in the mentioned countries.

MEXICO

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The Mexican government is working to improve the legal climate in regards to intellectual property rights in order to attract more foreign investment and have greater guarantees for the protection of such rights.

VENEZUELA

32 INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS ARE GRANTED

The Venezuelan Trademark and Patent Office has broken its silence of over ten years proceeding to grant industrial designs, a scenario that did not happened since 2006.