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.
The Chilean National IP Institute INAPI, has announced that deadlines to some administrative processes related to the filing of intellectual property rights will be extended due to serious damages suffered by the office recently which rendered normal operations in the INAPI impossible.
INAPI Chile signs a cooperation agreement with the National Customs Service.
Thanks to this agreement, and through the access to INAPI's Platform for Mass Trademark Processing, customs will have open access to a database of Trademarks making the controls in customs more efficient.
To read more (in Spanish), please be referred to INAPI's website.
Chile has just joined the TMClass database platform. This platform, implemented by the EUIPO and run by the EU Commission, is a harmonized database with more than 70,000 terms from which users can benefit from.
This tool contributes to the search and classification of products and services, making it easier for users who are willing to protect their trademarks. Moreover, this tool searches and translates in 44 languages.
With INAPI, 77 Offices have already joined the tool.
Recently, PROSUR committee has recently announced the extension of the PROSUR PPH project, for another 12 months.
The PROSUR PPH Project allows users to take advantage of an effective reduction in patent pendency, by shortening the examination process.
This Committee, with representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay, met in Montevideo, Uruguay, in order to analise how the following 12 months of the project will be.
The International Trade Mark Association (INTA) and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) issued their second report on the economic impact of registered trade marks on the economies of 10 Latin American countries. The first report published in 2016 focused on Colombia, Chile, Panama, Peru and Mexico. For this second edition were added the following five: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
The type of IP protection in Chile is very similar to that in Europe. Still, some differences do exist as regards the duration, geographical extent, and basic protection requirements.