INITIATIVES OF THE BRAZILIAN PATENT OFFICE TO ACCELERATE PATENT APLICATION PROCESSES
The patent office in Brazil has been known to take quite some time to decide on a patent application, which can even reach 12 or 14 years. This long time is due in particular to the sustained increase in patent filings in this country and the lack of human resources.
ISSUANCE OF LAW THAT ALLOWS USE OF ABBREVIATED CRIMINAL PROCEDURE IN CRIMES AGAINST COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
On July 13th 2017 came into force Law 1826 of 2017 by means of which a new abbreviated criminal procedure was introduced, applicable to some offences including those related to Intellectual Property, and copyright.
COLOR TRADEMARK DESCRIPTIVENESS
Color trademarks are considered as descriptive when their color describes one of the characteristics of the goods that they seek to cover, lacking the required intrinsic distinctiveness to be registered as trademarks. The foregoing, since said descriptiveness prevents consumers from associating them in an unequivocal and immediate manner with their intended goods.
THE COLOMBIAN PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE ISSUES RESOLUTION NO. 46528 OF AUGUST 1st 2017, WHICH MODIFIES ISSUES RELATED TO INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY
On August 1st 2017, the Colombian Patent and Trademark Office issued Resolution No. 46528, modifying the provisions found in Titles I and X of the Circular Única for matters related to Industrial Property.
USE OF THE UNIQUE KEY TO ACCESS INAPI’S ONLINE SERVICES
New users wishing to access the online services of the Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) will need to do so through the use of a “unique key” (clave única in Spanish) whose system allows access to all services offered by this entity digitally.
PISCO, DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN ACKNOWLEDGED AS NOTORIOUS WITH A DEGREE OF REPUTATION
The National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property (Indecopi) issued Resolution No. 13880-2017/DSD granting a notorious character with a degree of reputation to the designation of origin PISCO upon considering that it has a level of knowledge, positioning, remembrance and quality that are comparable to other worldwide famous designations of origin and trademarks.