Nicaragua ratifies the Marrakesh Treaty

Nicaragua has just ratified in January the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

This Treaty requires Contracting Parties to introduce a standard set of limitations and exceptions to copyright rules in order to permit reproduction, distribution and making available of published works in formats designed to be accessible to VIPs, and to permit exchange of these works across borders by organizations that serve those beneficiaries.

Brazil enhances the recognition of renowned Trade marks

After Brazil ratified the Madrid Protocol, the registration of Trade marks at the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade (INPI) and the recognition of high renown trade marks has a less strict criterion. In order to become a high renown trade mark in Brazil: after registration, marks have to go through a specific proceeding at INPI, which will get them a declaration of high renown valid for 10 years.

More than 100 renowned trade marks are already benefiting from this unique protection in Brazil.

Uruguay ratifies the Singapore Treaty

Uruguay has ratified the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks. From April 21st, Uruguay will become the 51st Member to this treaty.

With this ratification, Uruguay becomes the second member to the Singapore Treaty from Latin America, after Peru.

The objective of the Singapore Treaty is to create a modern and dynamic international framework for the harmonization of administrative trade mark registration procedures. 

Protection of non-Traditional Trade Marks in Mexico

GalakTic, an Irish SME engaged in the beverage industry, has been successfully commercialising their drink in Europe for 5 years. They have decided to launch their product in Mexico. The distinctive shape of the bottle and the brand name used in Europe are to be used in Mexico too, as will be a new jingle specifically created for the Mexican advertising campaigns.

The name of the product was already registered as a trade mark in the EU, and the shape of the bottle was registered as a design in the EU 5 years ago.

Customs database in Mexico

Based in Cork, Brenan LTD is an Irish manufacturer popular among the English and Irish consumers for its kitchen tools. The company is commercialising a new product, which is expected to be released in Mexico soon through a local distributor. The owner has already obtained trade mark protection in Europe and is now considering whether to protect it in Mexico or wait to see how the commercialisation goes.

The company has already been warned about potential risks of counterfeiting if they fail to properly protect their products in Mexico.

IP Rights for EU SMEs in Brazil - Energy and Environment Sector

This webinar aims to give an overview about the current situation as regards Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation as well as to provide practical information about the registration and enforcement of the main IPRs in Brazil focused on the energy and environment sector. SMEs will also be provided expert tips and watch-outs to bear in mind when entering the Latin-American country.

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for SMEs doing business in China, Latin America and South-East Asia

Patents registered in Europe, being territorial rights, have no legal effect in China and any of the countries in South-east Asia and Latin America. However, through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) it is possible to seek simultaneous patent protection for an invention in several countries by filing a single “international” patent application instead of filing separate national applications.

In this webinar you will learn more about the advantages and possible disadvantages of PCT. Our IPR experts will equip you with tips and recommendations on how to utilise the PCT to manage your patent portfolio in developing markets.

How To Protect Your Trade Mark in China, South-East Asia & Latin America through the Madrid System

The Madrid System, administered by WIPO, is a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trade marks worldwide. The system allows brand owners to protect their trade marks in up to 122 countries by filing one application, using one language (English, French or Spanish) and paying one set of fees. Recently Malaysia joined the Madrid system, with this addition expect Myanmar all SEA countries are member of the Madrid system.

During this webinar, the IP expert Mr. Simon Cheetham (IP Expert of the China and SEA Helpdesks) and Mr. Eli Salis (IP Expert of the Latin America Helpdesk) offer tips and recommendations on how to utilise the Madrid System to manage your trade mark portfolio when internationalising to China, SEA and Latin America.