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Intellectual Property Bulletin

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BOLIVIA, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR AND PERU

TRADEMARKS ARE AN ESSENTIAL ASSET IN THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

In Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru the rules allow the creation of franchises. The franchise is a contract by which the franchisor grants a license for the use of a trademark in a specific territory to a person, called a franchisee, who obtains authorization to manufacture and/or sell the goods or services identified with that trademark, and under clearly defined standards (know-how) in order to maintain the image and prestige of the trademark.

BRAZIL

PRIORITY REVIEW FOR GREEN PATENTS

The Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has implemented a pilot program since 2012 in order to expedite patent processes in the areas of alternative energy, transportation, energy conservation, waste management and agriculture, all classified as Green inventory according to the WIPO.

CAYMAN ISLANDS

CAYMAN ISLANDS’ GOVERNMENT PASSED TWO NEW RULES IN REGARDS TO THE DESIGN REGISTRATION LAW AND AN AMENDMENT TO THE CURRENT PATENT AND TRADEMARK LAWS

The Cayman Islands’ government passed two new laws in regards to intellectual property matters.

COLOMBIA

CREATION OF A NEW CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CENTER AS AN EXCEPTION OF HOLDER’S COPYRIGHTS

A new Brazilian children’s literature center has been inaugurated. These sort of alliances are an exception of holder’s copyrights.

PERU

TRADEMARK OFFICE RESTRICTS SEVERAL SERVICES BETWEEN JANUARY 2nd AND JANUARY 31st 2017

The Peruvian Trademark Office (INDECOPI) has informed that some of its services will be restricted between January 2nd and January 31st 2017 due to a migration to a new platform seeking to improve handling of industrial property matters.

URUGUAY

THE NATIONAL DIRECTION OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY (DNPI) IN URUGUAY UNDERGOES VARIOUS MODERNIZATION PROCESSES

The National Direction of Industrial Property (DNPI) in Uruguay is under a mayor modernization process that began on last October.