Intellectual Property in Latin America in the clean-tech sector: a look on how to identify your IP and exploit your creations

Renewable Energies have experienced a relevant increase within the last two decades and Latin America countries are placing great expectation in non-conventional energy sources at short, medium and long term. In fact, EU SMEs interested in these industries have in Brazil, Mexico or Colombia some of their main destination countries, as the Latin American countries represents a huge market full of potential clients for EU companies that are willing to go international.

Beijing Treaty enters into force

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances has just entered into force on 28 April 2020.

Actors, singers, musicians and dancers are expected to get more rights out of their work thanks to this new Treaty. In words of WIPO's Director General, Francis Gurry "Many of the actors and other performers in our beloved series and movies are essentially gig workers, without long-term salaries, equity stakes or great fame. The Beijing Treaty helps give these performers more rights to their work, which in turn boosts their personal revenues."

INAPI Chile and IMPI Mexico another year in the top 10 World IP Offices

The World Trademark Review (WTR) has ranked INAPI Chile as the 6th most innovative IP Office in the world in 2020, and IMPI Mexico 8th. Singapore IP Office was the winner this year, being ranked 1st.

The WTR is a well-recognised website and magazine covering commercial and international practice of trademark law.

In addition, SIC Colombia and INDECOPI Peru were both ranked 20th and INPI Brazil 24th.

INAPI Chile launches a new patent search tool

INAPI has recently announce the implementation of a new tool, which allows users to search for patents registered since June 2014.

This new tool gives access to all digital patent files from this year 2014. To that purpose, users will have to get a "Clave Única" (Unique Key) From the Civil Registry Offices.

Thanks to this tool, users will be able to access to the data from all their patent process online, avoiding any documents to be printed at INAPI or the need to be present at the Office.

Be up-to-date with the situation of the main IP Offices in Latin America (Covid-19 spread)

ClarkeModet has just published a new information page in which changes announcements on the main IP Offices in Latin America are being updated.

The following information can be found:

- Process availability (On-site and online)

- Exceptional measures taken

- Official note

Latin America IP Offices that are being updated: INPI Argentina, INPI Brazil, INAPI Chile, SIC Colombia, IMPI Mexico, INDECOPI Peru, DNPI Uruguay and SAPI Venezuela. EPO, EUIPO and WIPO are also updated through the link below.

IP considerations when expanding your online business to Chile

Fusion is a German SME that has created a notebook, the pages of which are made from a polyester component instead of wood. This enables the user to write, scan with a mobile, upload the content directly to the cloud and erase the pages with a damp cloth. The company has allied with some of the most relevant cloud storage companies, so that when users scan their page through the app, they can organise and decide where this page should be saved in the cloud. The notebook can then be reused indefinitely, saving therefore paper and plastic, which will, in turn, benefit our environment.

Argentina, Brazil and Chile are leading innovation in Latin America

Bloomberg has just published its annual Bloomberg Innovation Index for the year 2020. This Index analyzes dozens of criteria using seven metrics, including research and development spending, manufacturing capability and concentration of high-tech public companies.

As to the Latin American countries, Argentina (45), Brazil (46) and Chile (54) are in the lead of innovation in this Region. Argentina has moved up 5 places in the Index, while Chile has moved up 7.