Global Innovation Index 2020

WIPO releases their Global Innovation Index 2020 with the focus on "Who Will Finance Innovation?". It is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as co-publishers, and their Knowledge Partners

In accordance with this new publication, the three top innovative countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are: 1) Chile, 2) Mexico, and 3) Costa Rica.

WIPO releases a new tool to track COVID-19 related IP policy changes

WIPO is again showing their greatest efforts against this world epidemic crisis. This time they have launched a new tool that takes care of tracking IP policy changes related to COVID-19 in Member States.

Currently, the database has begun with a selection of more than 20 countries and regional offices. Brazil, Cuba and El Salvador are already in the tool.

The "COVID-19 IP Policy Tracker" will be updated regularly. It is freely accessible through a database interface.

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."

How to protect your IPR online

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European SMEs seeking to expand their businesses towards the Latin American region consider the Internet as a preferential channel to do so. With the Internet being such an easy entrance for new products and services, it can also be used by forgers from all over the world as an instrument to sell counterfeit goods or commit any kind of Intellectual Property (IP) frauds.

Ficha país de PI: America Central

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Esta Ficha País proporciona una imagen completa y actualizada sobre los Derechos de Propiedad Intelectual en los países de Centro América. Las PYMEs interesadas en estos países (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua y Panamá) se beneficiarán de información relevante y práctica, incluyendo los requisitos formales y sustantivos para la protección o tasas, entre otros.

Central America IP Country Factsheet

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This Factsheet gives an overview on how to protect and manage Intellectual Property assets in Central America with a tailored approach to the needs of European SMEs, that will benefit from factual and practical information including formal and substantive requirements or fees, among others.

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IP in the Agri- Food sector (I): Geographical Indications

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Differentiation and innovation are now key factors to succeed on the Agri-Food sector. Thus, Intellectual Property Rights are becoming more and more important for competing in such field. This Factsheet provides you with and overview of the relevance of each IPR for the sector, with a special focus on Geographical Indications.