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Thursday 31 December 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Thanks to our readers, IPTango has received over 1,705,000 page views since its creation!

This is the last post of the year, and we want to thank our readers for taking the time to read and share our articles. 

We revamped the blog in May 2020, and until such date, it had received over 1,600,000 page views. 

Thus, we are thrilled that to this day, the blog has received over 1,705,000 page views since its creation! 

2020 has been a challenging year for everybody, but we are very positive, and we hope that the next year will be better! 

Happy New Year to all! Stay safe and see you in 2021!
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Monday 28 December 2020


In memory of Armando Manzanero

The IPTango team mourns the passing of Armando Manzanero, Mexican songwriter, pianist, singer, producer, and arranger. 

Worldwide famous by his romantic songs, Armando Manzanero, passed away on 28 December 2020. 

Armando Manzanero Canché born on 7 December 1935 in the city of Mérida, Yucatán. 

Considered one of the most renowned composers worldwide, he wrote over 600 songs. Out of these, more than 50 enjoyed global recognition and were performed in more than 30 languages. 

“Contigo Aprendí”, “No Sé Tú”, “Esta Tarde Vi Llover”, “Somos novios”, “Te extraño”, “Adoro”, “Voy a apagar la luz”, “Como yo te amé”, “Por debajo de la mesa”, “Nos hizo falta tiempo”, and “Mía” are some of his most famous songs. 

Among others, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Luis Miguel, Juan Gabriel, Elis Regina, Andrea Bocelli, Eugenia León, Tania Libertad, Tony Bennett and Alejandro Sanz performed his songs. 

Armando Manzanero was a strong advocate of copyright enforcement. Since 2011, he was the president of the collective management society SACM (Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico). 

Proud of his roots, he sang in Maya during a concert held in Chichen-Itzá to celebrate his 83-year career.

Armando Manzanero received several awards, including the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), and the Cultural Heritage of the Americas Award granted by the Organization of American States (2014). 

In October 2020, Armando Manzanero received the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award “for his exceptional career that spans over six decades and which has taken Latin music to the next level internationally”. 

The Secretariat of Culture of Mexico will pay tribute to Armando Manzanero through Canal 22, Radio Educación, and the online platform “Contigo en la Distancia”. 

As stated on the SACM website: “His legacy is recorded in the history of music for Mexico’s glory in the world”. 

Listen to Armando Manzanero here and here

· Biography of Armando Manzanero published on the SACM website
· The review published on the website Celebrando Armando Manzanero
· The article “Armando Manzanero to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards” published on the Billboard website

Credit: Image available on the website of the Secretariat of Culture of Mexico, accessed on 28 December 2020.
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Sunday 27 December 2020


The ICC IP Roadmap 2020

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) published the 14th edition of the ICC IP Roadmap: Current and emerging issues for business and policymakers (ICC IP Roadmap 2020). 

The ICC IP Roadmap 2020 is a guide addressed to policymakers, researchers, legal and business professionals as well as the general public. Over 60 contributors from around the world participated in the publication. 

The latest edition covers patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs, trade secrets, traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, big data, artificial intelligence, sustainability, climate change, piracy, and counterfeiting, among other topics. 

The ICC IP Roadmap 2020 is available in English. However, the Spanish and Portuguese versions will be published in 2021. 

More information about the ICC IP Roadmap 2020 here

Source: the ICC website

Credit: Image is courtesy of the ICC. ©International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 2020.
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La Revista Iberoamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (RIPI): número 13

El equipo editorial de la Revista Iberoamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (RIPI) nos compartió que el último número ha sido publicado. 

Como fue anunciado aquí, a partir de esta edición, la Universidad Panamericana (México) colabora con la Universidad Austral (Argentina) y la Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia) en la publicación de RIPI

La última edición aborda marcas, patentes, nombres de dominio e inteligencia artificial. 

De igual manera, han revelado que, RIPI se publicará el 1 de junio y 15 de diciembre de cada año. 

Por esta razón, las fechas límites para la recepción de artículos serán el 1 de abril y 15 de octubre, respectivamente. 

La última edición de RIPI puede consultarse aquí

Imagen del portal de revistas de la Universidad Austral.
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Saturday 26 December 2020


Mexico: the USPTO and IMPI launched the Parallel Patent Grant (PPG) initiative

On 7 December 2020, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the launch of the Parallel Patent Grant (PPG) initiative

According to the press releases, the PPG results from the Memorandum of Understanding on Technical and Strategic Collaboration (MoU) signed by the USPTO and IMPI on 28 January 2020. 

In accordance with the MoU, the two Offices would “implement a parallel patent grant framework that allows IMPI to leverage USPTO search and examination results when granting a counterpart Mexican patent”. 

Thus, under the PPG, “IMPI will expedite the grant of a Mexican patent for businesses and individuals already granted a corresponding U.S. patent”. This worksharing arrangement will make “faster for U.S. patent holders to obtain corresponding patents in Mexico”. 

As stated by IMPI, approximately 11,000 patent applications filed between 2015 and 2018 may benefit from the PPG

The PPG is not the first worksharing collaboration between IMPI and the USPTO, given the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program has been implemented since 2011. 

Credit: Image by Guy Dugas from Pixabay.
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WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center: the 50,000th cybersquatting case

On 30 November 2020, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) announced the registration of its 50,000th cybersquatting case. 

According to the press release, as of November 2020, the WIPO Center has had administered 50,000 cases based on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The proceedings covered “almost 91,000 domain names, and involving parties from over 180 countries. In these cases, if after review by qualified external panelists the domain name is determined to have been registered and to be used in bad faith – the practice of cybersquatting – it is transferred to the trademark-holding complainant party”. 

WIPO remarked that the COVID-19 pandemic boosted the number of cybersquatting proceedings filed. Thus, the WIPO Center handled 3,794 cases from January to November 2020, which amounts to a “13% increase over the same period during 2019”. Some of these proceedings involved the domain names <tencentweibo.com>, <plfizer.com>, <facebookloginhelp.net>, <paypalogin.com>, <ladygaga.mobi> and <liomessi.com>. 

The 50,000th case refers to the domain name <discoverbankk.com>, as it was revealed by Brian Beckham (head of the Internet Dispute Resolution Section) and Erik Wilbers (director of the WIPO Center) during an interview with Doug Isenberg (GigaLaw). 

The WIPO Center provides domain name dispute resolution services that include UDRP-based proceedings. The UDRP is a resolution mechanism created in 1999 by WIPO, which is used by “used by brand owners around the world to combat abuse of their trademarks in domain names”. A “summary of key consensus positions of WIPO experts appointed to decide UDRP cases” can be found in the third edition of the WIPO Jurisprudential Overview

More information on UDRP is available here

Review here the WIPO Jurisprudential Overview 3.0

Credit: Image by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay.
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Wednesday 23 December 2020


UNCTAD launched the Case Law Database: Intellectual Property and Public Health

On 16 December 2020, the Intellectual Property Unit of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched the Case Law Database: Intellectual Property and Public Health (IPP Case Law Database). 

The IPP Case Law Database results from “UNCTAD’s Intellectual Property Unit’s work for over a decade on public health ... [and] has been updated with the support of the South Centre”. 

The IPP Case Law Database gathers “summaries of notable judgments adopted by national or regional judicial organs of the members of the World Trade Organization”. The decisions were selected “based on the importance of judicial practices for a better understanding of the interface between intellectual property rights and access to medicines”. 

The summaries contain “the factual and legal issues as discussed in the relevant judgments … [as well as] additional information on the jurisprudence and the applicable laws … to help readers in other jurisdictions understand the context of each decision”. Thus, each judgment record includes the case summary, facts, legal issues, points of significance, keywords, and the link to the decision. 

The judgments are classified under the following categories and subcategories: 

1. Pre-grant patent flexibilities 
· Patent claims interpretation (9 decisions) 
· Patentability criteria (14 decisions) 
· Patentable subject matter (invention) (9 decisions) 

2. Post-grant patent flexibilities 
· Exceptions to patent rights (8 decisions) 
· Non-voluntary licensing (3 decisions) 

3. Related issues 
· Enforcement (6 decisions) 
· Pharmaceutical test data (3 decisions) 
· The right to health (2 decisions) 

Review the IPP Case Law Database here and here

Credit: Image by Jukka Niittymaa on Pixabay.
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Wednesday 9 December 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

To do list: geographical indication, definition, management, sustainability and consumers

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The call for abstracts from the Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its themes are here (Spanish, French, and English). This international conference is waiting for you. Please note the deadline is 8 January 2021 to submit the 500 words abstract, I warmly invite you to submit a contribution.

The contributors of the selected abstracts will then be invited to submit a short paper of 2 pages by April 2021; and hopefully, we will see you in July 2021 - even if the conference is postponed, the programme would be ready! 

What do you fancy? Do you have something in mind?  I particularly was thinking about Quinoa, why? How could I've never heard of this food until I was here in the UK? me? from the Andes region!! it's crazy how one can disregard their own local and regional food for something fanciful - Oh! the era of globalization. I have been attending every single webinar hold by OriGin and  FAO through November and December and I have learned about sustainability objectives, sustainable management of wild-collected products, climate changes, healthy diets, and local communities and indigenous peoples. Shall we do this together? Send me an email if you are interested in my next project, and of course, you can submit your own one here.

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Tuesday 8 December 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

Products and Services: a guarantee of regionalism for the Amazonian people

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The Peruvian National Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) brings us the news that the Regional Government of Amazonas has received a certification mark. ‘Purum Machu’ is the selected certification mark for the region, which seeks to promote and boost the economy of the region. 

A certification mark, like its counterpart trade mark, is a distinctive sign that is applicable to both products and services whose quality is guaranteed by the owner of the mark. The development of the certification marks was brought by regional and local organizations aiming to differentiate products and services due to their territorial origin. ‘Purum Machu’ was registered for use on the Nice classification for products under 24 (textiles), 29(foodstuff of animal and vegetable origin), 30 (foodstuff of plant origin except for fruit and vegetables), 31 (land and sea products that are not I need of preparation for consumption),33 (mainly alcoholic beverages but beer); and services 39(transport of people, animal or goods) and 43 (providing food, drinks, and temporary accommodation). The request to be authorized to use the mark will be free for the first year. 

 In accordance with Andrei Guerrero Garcia, who is the Regional INDECOPI leader, ‘Purum Machu’ signifies, Amazonian ‘live culture’, ‘tradition’, ‘identity’. Purum means ‘savage’, ‘not Christianised’, ‘gentile’; and Machu that signifies ‘old’, ‘ancient’; these together identify the Amazonian region, and more specifically, the Chachapoyas (Warriors of the Clouds) culture. Searching at UNESCO ‘search tool’ just the word ‘Amazon’, one can see the wealth of culture that exists in the region which covers several South American countries. 

 Last year, around the same time, the INDECOPI granted for free 164 collective marks, which helped small organizations, including artisans, farmers, and a few directly involving ‘native communities such as ‘Comunidad Shampuyacu’; and ‘Communidad nativa Chirikyaku’.
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Monday 7 December 2020


Aurelio López-Tarruella es designado director de la Cátedra OEI-UA de Cultura Digital y Propiedad Intelectual

Nos complace compartir con nuestros lectores que el pasado jueves 3 de diciembre, Aurelio López-Tarruella, miembro del equipo de IPTango, fue nombrado Director de la Cátedra Iberoamericana de Cultura Digital y Propiedad Intelectual por la Comisión Mixta de la misma. 

La Cátedra Iberoamericana de Cultura Digital y Propiedad Intelectual ha sido constituida por la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (OEI) y la Universidad de Alicante, con la finalidad de fomentar el conocimiento y el intercambio de prácticas en relación con la gestión y protección por propiedad intelectual de las creaciones artísticas y el patrimonio cultural de los países de Iberoamérica en el entorno digital. 

El próximo año, en el marco de la cátedra y con la finalidad de profundizar en el conocimiento de dichas materias, se organizarán seminarios online y se ofrecerán becas de investigación y formación a estudiantes e investigadores, así como a profesionales del sector público y privado en estos países. Estas actuaciones serán debidamente anunciadas en nuestro blog. 

Además, de director de LVCENTINVS, Aurelio López-Tarruella es profesor de Derecho Internacional Privado en la Universidad de Alicante (España), y contará en su equipo con otros profesores de la casa como Raquel Evangelio o Julian Lopez Richart

Puedes contactar a Aurelio en LinkedIn, aquí

¡Muchas felicidades, Aurelio!
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Friday 4 December 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Olha que coisa mais linda! INPI Brazil launched the English and Spanish versions of its website

In light of its 50th anniversary, the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil) announced today the launch of the English and Spanish versions of its website. 

INPI Brazil highlighted that the new versions are addressed to foreigners with the goal of sharing relevant content on IP and disseminating information about its activities. 

In this way, INPI Brazil expects to expand the international scope of its services as well as to promote further partnerships to foster innovation and the creation of IP assets. 

The new versions are still in beta phase. Thus, further improvements may be expected. 

Users can change the display mode to the preferred language by clicking on the ES, EN and BR icons in the upper right-hand corner of the website. 

Review the website in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Read here the press release (in Portuguese). 

Listen to Tom Jobim here and here (in case you are singing after reading the title of this post). 

Image of David Mark on Pixabay.
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Sunday 29 November 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

EPO Conference: The role of patents in an AI driven world

The European Patent Office (EPO) will hold the online conference The role of patents in an AI driven world on 17 and 18 December 2020

EPO remarked that the conference “provides a platform for policymakers, investors, inventors, SMEs, academics, and IP professionals to exchange views and share expertise on AI and IP rights” [while taking into account] the “latest initiatives ... at the level of European institutions”. 

The programme is already available and includes inter alia the following topics: 

  • Latest trends in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies 
  • What are the issues around patenting AI? [DABUS case will be discussed here
  • AI already speaks the language of patents 
  • Learning about AI and IP 
  • European AI strategy: Focus on innovation 
  • Making Europe a global leader in innovation in the data economy 

During the conference, Yann Ménière (EPO) will share some highlights of the study “Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” which will be published soon. 

The full list of speakers can be reviewed here. There are no fees for attending the conference, but you need to register here

Find here more information about the conference. 

Image of Gerd Altmann on Pixabay.
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Wednesday 11 November 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

You reap what you sow: Brazil participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway

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The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program is a fast-track examination of a patent application; an applicant request this accelerated process in the national phase which originated on a foreign office and national patent examiners can use the opinion and preliminary examination from the foreign office. The program aims to promote sharing the work among patent offices but the decision of granting patents still remains under the national office. The program run among offices where they agree to share this practice (for more information see WIPO). Brazil does not form part of the Global PPH as its counterparts Chile, Colombia, and Peru; but since 2016, the office has had several bilateral PCT-PPH agreements: European Patent Office (EPO), PROSUR (pilot), Danish Patent and Trademark Office; United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, United States Patent and Trademark Office and Japan Patent Office.

Speedy 'Patent' Gonzales 
Four years on and the office is noticing an increase in a patent application using the fast-track. This November the Brazilian Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial INPI published the figures noting that ‘from 268 applications in 2019 to 340 by October 2020. Giving an explanation on this fact it recalled that the PPH just started to accept patent processes in any technological field. Back in 2016, the PPH was applicable to the ‘oil, gas, and petrochemical industry’ only. Moreover, just 200 applications were to be accepted while nowadays the number has increased to 400 applications.

INPI also praised that the average time for assessing priority processing requirements has decreased from an average time of 220 days (2018) to 104 days (2020). This is due to ‘simplifying the process flow and using new information technology tools ‘.

According to the Global Innovation Index published by WIPO, in 2020, Brazil ranked 62nd among 131 economies (innovation inputs 59; innovation outputs 64); ranking 4th among Latin America and the Caribbean economies.

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Monday 9 November 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

The future of Geographical Indications – we need you

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The website of the International Conference ‘Worldwide Perspectives on Geographical Indications’ has arrived. As far as the plan is (we cannot predict what Covid-19 restrictions will be in place), this would be held in beautiful Rome, Italy on 6-9 July 2021 at the FAO headquarters.

Geographical Indications are ‘signs’ used on products such as spirits (‘tequila’ in Mexico), wines (Vale dos Vinhedos’ in Brazil), food (‘Quinoa Real’ in Bolivia), handicraft (‘Montecristi’ in Ecuador) that have a specific geographical origin (the reason for its name/label).

Why do we need you?

The conference is an interdisciplinary affair and aims to listen to everyone in the area of agriculture and trade linked to GIs– we mean, EVERYONE. From public authorities to producers, policymakers to practitioners and stakeholders to academics, you name it, and we will have a space for you.

There is a call for contributions divided into FOUR categories: 1) Defining GIs, you can expect here the obvious origin deliberation but…yes, I like this part ‘GIs and innovation’ covering technology, and methods. I am quite interested in this as we understand that while one of the keys of a GI is linked to the know-how that has been used for decades or even centuries, we cannot expect for them to be kept like that due to climate change, deterioration of resources, etc., there needs to be some flexibility for innovation without deteriorating the GI as such; 2) Managing GIs – covering governance, control, certification mechanisms, enforcement and including marketing; 3) GIs and sustainability covering the heated debate ‘climate change’, this category seeks to evaluate GIs impact (be it economic, social, environmental; cultural, etc.); finally 4) GI and consumers, we all know that GIs without consumers is like having ‘fish’ without ‘chips’ (for my British readers), so this category aims to look at the impact that GI may have on diets and looking at different labels that are used to link a product to a locality.

We are looking for participants around the world and I am indeed looking for participants from developing countries (check fees and financial support). To submit your contribution and abstract of no more than 500 words is needed -- deadline is before 18 December 2020. The beauty is that contributions can be in Spanish (cough cough my Latin American friends), English or French (simultaneous translation will be available on the date).

For the full invitation check here. For the submission of contribution check here. When accessing the page, just tap (left-hand side corner) for the desired language.


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Tuesday 27 October 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

Indigenous Land as a Geographical Indication

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‘INPI grants first denomination of origin to indigenous people’

This is the title that the Brazilian Institute Nacional da Propiedad Industrial (INPI) uses for its headlines. My mind started to think of other cases in which a national IPO has recognized in one way or another indigenous peoples and communities. The first, that came into my mind was ‘Tejedurias Wayuu’ [maybe because I love a pretty bag –Xmas list (husband, are you reading this?] (Resolution 71098, 07 Dec 2011) which is a recognized Colombian Denomination of Origin (DO) and it refers to handicraft made by the women from the Wayuu tribe. The second example that came into mind was again from Colombia, the ‘Sombrero Zenu’ (DO) (Resolution 71097 07 Dec 2011) for a hat made by the Zenú Indigenous Reservation [husband, I don't want a hat or a new pot!]. ore in DOs in Colombia here.

Going back to the title and Brazil, the news was a bit different from what I was expecting. Why? you may ask. The Geographical Indication (GI) granted is the name of an Indigenous land and this is something new to me in the recognition of indigenous peoples on GI. In my previous examples, the DOs name refer to the peoples rather than to the land. While GI usually, if not always refers to the link with the region, or better say, the origin in a given ‘place’ - the terroir, the Colombian examples refer to the people.

Moreover, Brazil and more specifically, the INPI is recognizing the ‘Andirá-Marau’ (RPI 2598, 20 Oct 2020) an Indigenous Land as a GI for warana (native guarana) and warana bread (guarana stick). It is the first GI in the form of DO in Brazil to be used by indigenous people, which as noted in my thoughts, refers to the land. Conflicts over indigenous lands and territories have always existed and continue to exist. In this particular GI case, while we may appreciate the recognition of the government and state over the Andirá-Marau Indigenous land, the reality is that there is a pending conflict between the ownership of the area. The area was demarcated in 1982 and approved in 1986, which covers approx.  7,885 square kilometers (3,044 square miles) (Decreto 93.069 - 07/08/1986); Indigenous lands are administratively demarcated by the Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI). Since 2002, the Sateré-Mawé people have asked FUNAIL to correct the boundaries of the Indigenous Andirá-Marau land so that it ‘corresponds to the area they actually occupy’.

The INPI reports that local biome in the ‘Andirá-Marau’ Indigenous land and the know-how of the indigenous Sateré-Mawé people play a key role in obtaining a differentiated product.

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Monday 26 October 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

Brazil on Patents

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During last week 19-22 October 2020, the Brazilian Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) celebrated the YEAR AWARD run by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI).  The later was celebrating the 40th ABPI International Intellectual Property Congress.

This year, the award was aiming to reward the best patent in the area of COVID-19 looking for the following criteria: generating both social and potentially economic benefits; environmental impact; international protection and, the participation of nationals in developing the invention.

Twelve made it to the shortlist. The judging committee composed of three professors from the INPI's Postgraduate and Research Division granted the award to PI0903266-5 ‘Method and probe to aspirate endobronchial secretion’, belonging to the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

In the same line, in September, the INPI did a study to framework patents and industrial design in the field of ‘mask and respirators’. The goal was to provide information to various actors and thus, the data obtained covered: recent decades and, national and foreign applications. A summary of the data can be obtained here (in Portuguese) and for the full study here (in Portuguese). The nutshell of this info is that the increase in this field was noticed in 2020 and that in general there were more industrial design applications that patents – most applications came from The United States, and nationally, from the state of São Paulo.

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Saturday 24 October 2020


CERLALC y el Instituto de Derecho de Autor: Octava Edición del Premio Antonio Delgado

El Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe (CERLALC) y el Instituto de Derecho de Autor publicaron la convocatoria de la octava edición del Premio Antonio Delgado (PAD). 

La edición PAD de este año consta de dos categorías: 

  • Categoría: Investigación en derechos de autor y conexos 
Los trabajos que se presenten deberán abordan temas de actualidad en materia de derechos de autor y derechos conexos, “desde una perspectiva de derecho nacional o internacional, tanto público como privado”. 

Deberán estar escritos en español, con una extensión mínima de 40 páginas y máxima de 400 páginas. 

El premio para el estudio ganador consiste en €4,000, gastos de traslado y alojamiento en Madrid para asistir a la ceremonia de premiación, así como la publicación en formato físico y Epub. El premio para el estudio finalista consiste en €2,000. 

Los trabajos deberán enviarse al correo pad@institutoautor.org con copia a fforero@cerlalc.org antes del 7 de febrero de 2021

  • Categoría: Divulgación de la Propiedad Intelectual 
La categoría fue creada este año con el objetivo de reconocer y otorgar “una distinción a una persona, física o jurídica, cualquiera que sea su nacionalidad, que con sus acciones haya contribuido al desarrollo, fortalecimiento o defensa del Derecho de la Propiedad Intelectual y/o los derechos de los autores, con independencia de la actividad profesional que desarrolle habitualmente.” 

Aquellos que deseen postular a personas o empresas que consideren merecedoras de dicha distinción, podrán enviar un email a pad@institutoautor.org indicando “de manera suficientemente motivada” las razones para dicha postulación. 

Más información aquí y aquí

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Sunday 18 October 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

WIPO Conversation on IP and AI (Third Session): the deadline for those who want to intervene is approaching!

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will hold the Third Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI on 4 November 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm CET. 

The virtual meeting is open to the public, and it is possible to register here

The provisional agenda is already available. The topics refer to the following issues that were included in the Revised Issues Paper on Intellectual Property Policy and Artificial Intelligence (which contains the results of the public consultation launched after the first session took place): 

  • Issue 1: Definitions 
  • Issue 13: Trademarks (as it was announced here
  • Issue 15: Capacity Building 
  • Issue 16: Accountability for Decisions in IP Administration 

Registrants who want to intervene in the meeting must send an email to ai2ip@wipo.int before 21 October 2020, ¨setting out, with reference to the agenda the issue (or issues) on which they wish to speak [and] where possible, to share their interventions in writing so that the WIPO Secretariat can provide these in advance to the interpreters¨. 

Review here and here more information about the Third Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI

Read here about the Second Session, which was held from 7 to 9 July 2020. 

Find here more information about the First Session, which took place in September 2019. 

Image of Gerd Altmann on Pixabay.
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Tuesday 13 October 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

Brazil: First Anniversary of the Madrid Protocol

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 The Madrid Protocol has been running for over 30 years (June, 1989). With it, the flexibility to the Madrid System has seen an increased number in international trade mark registrations. After three decades, the system expanded to cover Latin America and the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico).

In 2019, WIPO reports that there has been over 60,000 international applications marking a 10th year of uninterrupted growth. While the main driver of the overall rise comes from the US (37%), followed by Germany and France; tailed by Switzerland, the UK, Japan, Italy, Australia, and Turkey.

Brazil, celebrating its 1st anniversary (a member since 2nd Oct 2019) has received 109 international applications from national users. This has also facilitated the use of the Madrid system by trade marks holders located in other countries and thus, Brazil hit the 7,896 number from international users indicating Brazil as their designated country (INPI

To read the full data, click here.

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Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

What's going on this week? Do not forget to review the "Events" web page!

As IPTango readers are aware, we have been publishing an article concerning the events that will take place every week. 
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Saturday 10 October 2020


Fecha límite para la próxima edición de la Revista Iberoamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (RIPI)

El equipo editorial de la Revista Iberoamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (RIPI) nos ha pedido difundir entre nuestros lectores que, el 31 de octubre de 2020 es la fecha límite para la recepción de artículos que se publicarán en el próximo número. 

Asimismo, nos han compartido que, a partir de la próxima edición, la Universidad Panamericana (México) colaborará con la Universidad Austral (Argentina) y la Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia) en la publicación de RIPI.

De igual manera, nos han revelado que, RIPI cambiará de formato con el objetivo de adaptarse a los estándares de publicaciones científicas. 

Más información aquí

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Friday 9 October 2020


En memoria de Hugo Contreras Lamadrid, Director General del Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor

El equipo de IPTango se une a la pena que embarga a familiares, amigos y colaboradores por el fallecimiento de Hugo Contreras Lamadrid, Director General del Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor (INDAUTOR).

El Profesor Gustavo Schötz comparte con nuestros lectores una semblanza sobre Hugo Contreras Lamadrid:

De modo sorpresivo, a sus 54 años, falleció Hugo Contreras Lamadrid. 

Se graduó como Licenciado en Derecho por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Contaba estudios de Maestría y una Especialidad en Derecho de la Propiedad Intelectual por la División de Posgrado de la Facultad de Derecho de la UNAM y una especialidad en Derecho Civil por la Universidad Panamericana. 

Fue Director del Seminario de Derecho Procesal de la UNAM, donde fue distinguido con la Cátedra Extraordinaria “José Castillo Larrañaga”.

Desde 2018 fue el Director General del Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor (INDAUTOR). Fue Representante de México en el Comité Permanente de Derecho de Autor y Derechos Conexos (SCCR) de la OMPI. 

Entre 2012 y 2014 fue co-fundador y Director de la Revista Derecho sin Fronteras, publicación jurídica sobre derecho constitucional, procesal, propiedad intelectual, derecho sanitario y derecho penal.

Fue Profesor Invitado de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, la Universidad del Salvador y la Universidad Austral, de Argentina. 

Se especializó en la resolución alternativa de conflictos, especialmente la mediación, y abogaba para una más extensa aplicación de esta figura para resolver los conflictos vinculados al derecho de autor. 

En lo personal, fue un gran amigo y colega. Nos conocimos hace 10 años, con ocasión de un seminario conjunto entre la UNAM y la Universidad Austral sobre patentes en biotecnología y datos de prueba en biosimilares, en Buenos Aires. Compartimos la organización y exposición en varios cursos y programas de televisión, ya que fue productor de Derecho sin Fronteras en el canal de la UNAM. En 2012, se incorporó al Consejo de Redacción de la Revista Iberoamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (RIPI).

Luego vino su nombramiento en el INDAUTOR y coincidimos en el SCCR de la OMPI, donde impulsamos distintas iniciativas, siempre en el marco del GRULAC. Fue un gusto y un honor compartir esos momentos con Hugo. 

Siempre fue muy trabajador y dedicado. Apasionado docente. Se podía hablar con confianza y tenía posiciones muy constructivas. 

Conocimos a su familia, Inés y sus hijos, con quienes compartimos la aflicción que los embarga. Para Hugo, la familia siempre estaba en el primer lugar de sus conversaciones. 

Te extrañaremos Hugo.

Crédito: Imagen disponible en la página web de la Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de México, consultada el 9 de octubre de 2020.

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Sunday 27 September 2020


SENADI Ecuador launched the dedicated website for the Marrakesh VIP Treaty

On 22 September 2020, the National Service of Intellectual Rights of Ecuador (SENADI Ecuador) launched the dedicated website for the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled (Marrakesh VIP Treaty).

The Marrakesh VIP Treaty, which has been in force in Ecuador since on 30 September 2016, 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 [blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled], and to permit exchange of these works across borders by organizations that serve those beneficiaries”. 

Brazil, Ecuador, and Paraguay proposed the Treaty during the 18th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in May 2009. 

The dedicated website for the Marrakesh VIP Treaty is audible and includes a brief history of the Treaty, the objectives, and the applicable legislation. Likewise, the website contains information about the actions and tools for the implementation of the Treaty, such as Úrsula (software developed by CERLALC which allows the authorized entities to register works in accessible formats to the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled). 

Credit: Image of Myriam Zilles on Pixabay.
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