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Tuesday 30 August 2011

Patricia Covarrubia

e-marks: preparing for the Madrid Protocol?

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Rio de Janeiro, during the XXXI Congress of the International Intellectual Property, organized by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), INPI presented the new e-marks in version 2.0. The system should be available to the public in October.

This method is said to be much simpler for the user, contributing to a further increase in trade mark applications in 2011 – INPI mentions that it could reach a high record of 150,000 requests, an increase of 15% compared to 2010. One issue that I note is that INPI talks about the future: “the new system will pave the way to organize multiclass applications and co-ownership - requirements to serve on the Madrid Protocol.” Do you get it? Does it mean that they are really going to be a member and follow Colombia?

To cope with so many trade mark applications, INPI will use later this year the Intellectual Property System Automation System (IPAS) developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO) to streamline its internal processing.

Source INPI.

Patricia Covarrubia

Patricia Covarrubia