Monday, 1 September 2014

Tasas ISA/IPEA del INAPI de Chile

Como parte del proceso de implementación que está llevando a cabo el Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial de Chile (INAPI) para funcionar como Autoridad de Búsqueda Internacional y Examen Preliminar Internacional (ISA/IPEA) del Tratado de Cooperación en Materia de Patentes (PCT), a partir del 22 de octubre de este año, informó a los usuarios las tasas que se cobrarán en su labor de Autoridad Internacional PCT, tanto para nacionales como del resto de los países de Latinoamérica y del Caribe.

Mediante Resolución Exenta N°240 de INAPI de fecha 7 de julio de 2014, publicada en el Diario Oficial el 12 de julio, se cumplió con el trámite legal correspondiente fijándose las tasas en Dólares de EE.UU. de Norteamérica (USD) para sus actividades como ISA/IPEA del PCT.

La tasa de búsqueda internacional tendrá un costo general de USD 2.000, con tasa reducida de USD 400 aplicable tanto a los solicitantes chilenos como a los del resto de los países de la región que cumplan los requisitos establecidos.

La tasa de examen preliminar internacional será de USD 1.500, con tasa reducida de 400 USD, aplicable tanto a los solicitantes nacionales como del resto de los países de la región.

Las universidades tendrán una tasa especial tanto de búsqueda como de examen preliminar internacional de USD 300, para lo cual bastará que acrediten tal condición mediante una declaración hecha por su representante legal.

Con estas tasas el INAPI pretende que los solicitantes puedan reducir significativamente sus costos para presentar solicitudes internacionales PCT y a la vez, servir de incentivo para el uso del sistema en América Latina, y de esta forma contribuir con la iniciativa de convertir a Chile en un polo regional de emprendimiento e innovación.

Fuente: Resolución del INAPI




Monday, 25 August 2014

Colombian vs Dominican: US decides on Shakira's hit song

Over the weekend all newspapers and major entertainment sides around the world contained reports on Shakira’s hit song ‘loca’ been found guilty of plagiarism i.e. copyright infringement.

loca loca no te pongas bruto loca que te la bebe dance or die loca el ...The court hearing the case was the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Case No. 12-cv-1094) and was brought by Mayimba Music, Inc who holds the rights of the work of Dominican songwriter Ramon Arias Vasquez. The work in question was a song track written by Arias in 1998 entitled ‘loca con su tiguere’.

A claim was brought against Sony Corp of America, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC, Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing LLC, and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC who holds the right for Shakira’s hit song ‘loca’-- Spanish and English version. However, the judge dismissed infringement claims upon the English version, citing a lack of evidence and thus, only finding liable Sony/ATV Latin and Sony/ATV Discos, for distributing Shakira’s song Spanish version.

The judge held that Shakira’s single “was based on a 2007 song by Dominican rapper Eduard Edwin Bello Pou, better known as El Cata, which also copied Arias and was distributed by Sony.” “The song revolves around a love triangle in which the singers are poor and the opposing suitors are rich, a theme expressed in Arias’s title.” Shakira’s version uses the word “tigre” (tiger) instead of “tiguere,” which is Dominican slang for tiger.  The issue in question is that Shakira's song incorporates portions of El Cata performing ‘Loca Con Su Tiguere’, and therefore containing substantial copying of the original version. Finally, the judge stated that there was no dispute that Shakira's version was based on El Cata's version and thus accordingly since El Cata “had copied Arias, whoever wrote Shakira's version of the song also indirectly copied Arias."

This is not the first time the Colombian singer Shakira is accused of plagiarism. However, this is the only case that have been heard in a court of law. On 2010 this blog reported of other instances such as the ‘waka,waka’ chorus used in the 2010 world cup; a chorus used in ‘hips don’t lie’ -- settled outside court; and more recently the ‘la,la,la’ video.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Chile: INAPI crea Buscador de "Patentes de Dominio Público"

El Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial de Chile (INAPI) ha puesto en funcionamiento un buscador de patentes de dominio público. Se trata de una base de datos pública y gratuita con todas aquellas patentes que han sido solicitadas en Chile desde 1840 hasta el día de hoy, y que han expirado, pasando por lo tanto a ser parte del dominio público nacional.

Según informa el INAPI, esta herramienta representa un hito a nivel mundial en servicios a la ciudadanía para promover el equilibrio entre los derechos de propiedad intelectual y el beneficio público al hacer accesible la transferencia del conocimiento tecnológico generado por las patentes de una manera amigable y gratuita.

Junto a la base de datos, a través del sitio web del buscador www.inapi.cl/dominiopublico se puede acceder a más de 30 informes con tecnologías de dominio en áreas temáticas de relevancia estratégica para el país; entrevistas a innovadores nacionales; así como documentos y manuales.

En palabras del Director institucional, Maximiliano Santa Cruz, "INAPI creó una base de datos de patentes que han caído en el dominio público, con el fin de que todas las personas puedan tener información de alto contenido tecnológico e innovador, de manera fácil y clara. Esta base de datos permitirá a los inventores realizar un mejor examen de patentabilidad".

Para su lanzamiento se exhibió una muestra con importantes patentes originales, tales como las de Tomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford, Guillermo Marconi, y también patentes relevantes en el contexto de la economía chilena, las cuales estarán disponibles para que el público las pueda conocer hasta el viernes 22 de agosto.

Fuente: INAPI

Monday, 18 August 2014

The moron in a hurry – the only person who would be misled

National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (Federacafé) has unsuccessfully opposed to the registration of the mark ‘Mild Coffee Company Huila’ for tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, tapioca, coffee derivatives among others.
Mild Coffee Huila Company SAS applied at the Colombian Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) and the Federacafé opposed on the grounds that the sign lacked distinctiveness and moreover, it was descriptive – the Directorate of Distinctive Signs agreed. However, on appeal the decision was reversed and the mark was registered.

According to Art 135 Decision 486 (the Andean Community common intellectual property regime), signs may not be registered as trade marks when they:
b) are lacking in distinguishable characteristics;

e) consist solely of a sign or statement that may serve in commerce to designate or describe, in respect of the goods or services for which they are to be used, their quality, quantity, purpose, value, geographical origin, or time of production, or that impart other details, characteristics, or information, including expressions of praise for those goods or services;
...
Explaining further, the superintendent explained that the term does not monopolize the individual expressions ‘mild coffee’. Mild Coffee Huila Company SAS’s lawyer explained that the sign is a combination; all elements together (figurative and words) made the mark distinctive. Finally he adds that the "National Federation of Coffee Growers usually present oppositions to many brands in the coffee sector.”

Indeed, mild coffee as a term will describe the quality of the coffee if applied to coffee products. In this particular case, the sign applied for was not just a term but was a combination of words and graphic designs. Yet, wouldn't you as part of the consumers be puzzle? If you are in a supermarket holding a bag of something than contains coffee with a logo that reads ‘mild coffee’, wouldn't you think that it refers to the product? On second thought, looking closely to the logo I guess that the only person that would be misled is a moron in a hurry.

Source La Republica.

Monday, 11 August 2014

A sport celebrity - image rights

James Rodríguez lanza ‘El 10 Gold’ su primer producto como ...Colombia Reports some news about its football star James Rodriguez. The golden boot winner of the 2014 World Cup is launching its own product ‘Gold 10’, an energy drink. The drink is made with ‘guarana, taurine and caffeine’ and part of the profits will be given to support the foundation ‘Colombia somos todos’ founded by James Rodríguez.


The newspaper EL Pais published an article with the highlight ‘What James Rodriguez trademark is worth’. This is continued by an assertion that the football player is not just an idol but his name is a 'brand' in advertising. It elaborates by stating that apart from the millionaire Real Madrid’s contract, he will add another 8.5 million euros profit due to its image. His image is used already in 8 brands e.g. Adidas, shampoo (Clear), deodorant (Rexona), beverages (Pony Malta and Milo) and breads (Bimbo) and now its own product ‘Gold 10’.


James Rodrigues, Penerus Carlos Valderama - ENCIETY NEWSAlso the Colombian newspaper La Republica noted the value of the football player James Rodriguez. It notes that by using players’ names it is a high impact strategy in consumer market. It gives examples of reasons why an image sells: “inspires health, discipline, confidence, success, love and… it tends to be followed”.