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.

INDECOPI publishes Copyright Guide to understand the provisions of the Marrakesh Treaty

Indecopi Copyright Directorate (DDA) has recently published the Copyright Guide to understand the provisions of the Marrakesh Treaty.

The Marrakesh Treaty establishes a set of limitations and exceptions to traditional copyright law, by making the production and international transfer of specially-adapted books for people with blindness or visual impairments easier.

All latin american countries, except Cuba, are contracting parties to the Marrakesh Treaty.

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.

WIPO publishes a Case Study about a Peruvian startup (World IP Day)

WIPO has just published a Case Study about a Peruvian startup using drone and sensing technology to tackle air pollution in Peru, including that associated with the country’s mining operations.

The Peruvian company qAIRa, registered their technology as utility Models at the Peruvian IP Office (INDECOPI). Quoting qAIRa: "IP rights allow us to add value to our technology and support the growth of our business.”

Intellectual Property in Latin America: key mechanisms to protect your business

The webinar aims to give an overview to the European SMEs on how they can best protect their Intellectual Property on Latin-American markets (focused on Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru). The expert will provide practical information on how to register, protect and enforce Trademark rights in the region and how to effectively protect the logo of the company or the product, as well as how to proceed as to the inventions, designs and copyright-protectable contents.

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.

WIPO's Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement has entered into force

WIPO's Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement has just entered into force with 5 contracting parties: EU, Albania, Cambodia, South Korea and Samoa. 

From the Latin American region, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Peru have already ratified it.

The Lisbon Agreement refers to the International Registration of Appellations of Origin, offering applicants the possibility of obtaining protection for an appellation of origin in contracting parties to the Lisbon Agreement through a single registration and one set of fees.

Liability of Internet intermediaries for the sale of counterfeit products in Peru

Mercadodepulgas.com is a successful Spanish start-up that runs an online platform where users can buy and sell second-hand products. Sofas, bikes, electronic devices and the like are exchanged in the platform. The website and app have become very popular due to the ease of its use and its effectiveness in allowing users to get in touch.