Sunday, 1 May 2011

INAPI launches fresh initiative to promote "tools for IP protection"

According to a recent press release, the Chilean intellectual property office INAPI, in collaboration with other institutions, launched this week a campaign to promote the tools for protection of intellectual property in Chile. The release runs as follows:
"Protect your idea. Protect your creation. Know and use the tools of intellectual property protection in Chile ", that is the name of the campaign launched by the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) of Ministry of Economy, with the support of other institutions responsible for IP rights in Chile, such as the Investigation Police (PDI), Customs, the Copyrights Office and Public Security Division of the Ministry of Interior.

The presentation took place in the framework of the seminar: "Intellectual Property Protection in Chile: Progresses and Challenges" held at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, in which representatives of the private and public sector, experts and stakeholders in general, met to discuss the different instruments that Chile has to protect and promote these rights.

In the event, organized by the INAPI, the first to present was Manuel Zárate Campos, Deputy Director of the Specialized Unit on Economic Crimes Prosecutor's Office, after whom came Javier Ramírez Andersen Legal Branch of the National Customs Service, Pablo Cariola from the law firm Sargent & Krahn, Catalina Navarro Soffia, Coordinator of the Public- Private Committee of Security of the Ministry of Interior, and finally, Roberto Villarroel, Deputy Commissioner of the Crime Investigation Brigade of Intellectual Property (BRIDEPI) of the Investigation Police of Chile.

"In my role as National Director INAPI, I have been often asked what to do or what tools exist against those who are marketing counterfeit or pirated goods. This question, seemingly simple, has a not so simple answer. The enforcement system is composed by different rules and various actors, which often complicated the understanding that users may have of this system, "said Director of INAPI, Maximiliano Santa Cruz .

For this reason, INAPI has prepared a website (http://www.inapi.cl/protegetuidea/) of educational topics, which collects all of them in one place, and is intended to be used by all institutions dealing with these issues which are currently scattered in different places.

"Our invitation is to unify the incentives for those who use or start using the IP system. Through this campaign we want to provide have basic information on topics such as: what rights are protected in Chile, how to protect, where to go if they are infringed and what are the penalties with regard to these potential crimes, "said Santa Cruz.

This invitation is open to all public and private institutions related to intellectual property to put this information on their websites. This campaign is part of the efforts INAPI is making to promote the benefits and protection provided by the Industrial Intellectual Property Rights.

"We believe that it is not enough to know how to register, but it is also important to know the tools available to effectively enforce the rights you have. Our aim is that this website will be a starting point and that other institution both use it and complement it with relevant information for IPRs holders and consumers in general.", the Director of INAPI.
Further information is available from Diego Ponce G. (Communications Department of INAPI).

IP Tango comments: when you read something like "The enforcement system is composed by different rules and various actors, which often complicated the understanding that users may have of this system", your first thought should be that there may be a need for an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, such as now exists in the United States, to investigate why different rules and various actors are necessary at all and to see how the enforcement system can be simplified.

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