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ARGENTINA

ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE 11TH EDITION OF THE NIECE AGREEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF GOODS AND SERVICES FOR THE REGISTRATION OF TRADEMARKS

As of January 1st 2017, Argentina will adopt the 11th edition of the Nice Agreement for the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Registration of Trademarks.

BOLIVIA, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR AND PERU

DERIVATIVE TRADEMARKS OR SUB-BRANDS

In Prejudicial Interpretation 198-IP-2014, the Andean Tribunal of Justice pointed out that Derivate Trademarks or the so called sub-brands are those requested by the same applicant to register on the basis of a principal trademark with minor variations, and in connection with the same products or services.

BRAZIL

NEW PLANT PROTECTION PROCEDURES

By the means of Decree 8,771 of May 11th 2016,the plant variety authority in Brazil, established the new procedures for the filing and examination of these applications.

COLOMBIA

COLOMBIAN TRADEMARK OFFICE JOINS DESIGN VIEW DATA BASE IN REGARDS TO INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS AVAILABILITY SEARCH

Colombian Trademark Office joins DESIGN VIEW data base in regards to industrial designs availability search starting November 21st, 2016.

MEXICO

COOPERATION BETWEEN THE INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY MEXICAN INSTITUTE (IMPI) AND THE AUSTRIAN PATENT OFFICE (AOP)

Three cooperation mechanisms for industrial property were subscribed on October 25th, 2016 between IMPI and APO; (I) a memorandum for the adoption of the PPH pilot program, (ii) the recognition of the APO as an International Search Authority (ISA) and as International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA) for IMPI and (iii) a memorandum of commitment of industrial property cooperation.

MEXICO

NEW LIMITATIONS TO COPYRIGHT’S LAW IN MEXICO IN BENEFIT OF DISABLE PEOPLE

Mexico joined the Marrakech Treaty which allows access to people with visual disability the use of masterpieces protected by copyright.