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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

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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. 

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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
here
). 


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

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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

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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.

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Sunday, 27 September 2020

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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). 


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Friday, 25 September 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

WIPO Lex – Sentencias: ¡Se pone en marcha la base de datos mundial gratuita sobre resoluciones judiciales!

El 24 de Septiembre de 2020, la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI) anunció la puesta en marcha de la nueva base de datos gratuita WIPO Lex - Sentencias, la cual contiene resoluciones judiciales sobre cuestiones de propiedad intelectual de diversos países. 

Se puede acceder a la base de datos a través del portal WIPO LEX, el cual ya contiene diversas leyes y tratados en materia de propiedad intelectual de todo el mundo. 

Las características

WIPO Lex - Sentencias está disponible en español, inglés, árabe, chino, francés y ruso. Por el momento, la base de datos contiene más de 400 resoluciones de los siguientes diez países
La OMPI destacó que las sentencias fueron “seleccionadas directamente por los tribunales u otras autoridades nacionales de los Estados miembros por considerarlas resoluciones destacadas debido a su importante valor como precedente o repercusión”. De igual forma, las sentencias fueron emitidas, entre otros, por tribunales especializados y “entidades administrativas que desempeñan funciones cuasijudiciales”. 

Las resoluciones se pueden consultar en su idioma original e incluyen herramientas de traducción automática a varios idiomas (WIPO Translate y Google Traductor). 

Una descripción general de las estructuras de la administración judicial de las controversias en materia de propiedad intelectual está disponible en algunos de los perfiles de los Estados miembros [haga clic debajo de “Consulta … Citations (sic)”]. Esta sección contiene un resumen de los procedimientos administrativos y judiciales, las características específicas en relación con la PI, estadísticas de casos y enlaces a las bases de datos oficiales de las sentencias. 

Los criterios de búsqueda

WIPO Lex - Sentencias permite buscar resoluciones de acuerdo con los siguientes criterios: 
  • País
  • Materia (p. ej., derechos de autor, patentes, marcas, observancia de las leyes de PI, indicaciones geográficas, competencia, conocimientos tradicionales, expresiones culturales tradicionales, transferencia de tecnología)
  • Órgano emisor (p. ej., Sala Especializada en Propiedad Intelectual, Suprema Corte)
  • Instancia (primera instancia, apelación e instancia final)
  • Tipo de procedimiento (administrativo, civil, comercial, constitucional, contencioso administrativo, penal)
  • Legislación nacional relevante
  • Tratados relevantes
  • Fecha de la sentencia
  • Palabras clave
Toda vez que la base de datos es parte de WIPO LEX, las referencias cruzadas a las leyes nacionales y los tratados internacionales aplicables están disponibles cuando se consulta una sentencia. 

Se espera que se sigan agregando más resoluciones a la base de datos. La OMPI alienta a los Estados miembros interesados ​​en aportar sentencias a que se pongan en contacto aquí

Comentarios

La puesta en marcha de WIPO Lex - Sentencias generó mucha expectación. Como destacó la OMPI, la base de datos “atiende directamente a las necesidades expresadas por muchos Estados miembros —inicialmente la región de América Latina y el Caribe y España—“. 

En este sentido, la base de datos proporciona información valiosa sobre las resoluciones y los razonamientos de los tribunales de diferentes jurisdicciones. Asimismo, pone de relieve las estructuras de la administración judicial de las controversias en materia de propiedad intelectual de algunos países. 

En general, WIPO Lex - Sentencias es una herramienta útil, en particular para los practicantes, investigadores y encargados de formular políticas. 

Sin duda alguna, ¡será interesante ver más resoluciones de diferentes jurisdicciones agregadas a WIPO Lex - Sentencias

¡Vea aquí el video en inglés que muestra algunos aspectos destacados de la base de datos! 


Fuentes: el comunicado de prensa publicado por la OMPI y WIPO Lex - Sentencias

Crédito: imagen de Gerd Altmann en Pixabay

La versión en inglés de este artículo fue publicada primero en el blog The IPKat
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Monday, 21 September 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Upcoming events on this week! [21 – 27 September 2020]


WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK? 

On 22 September 2020, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) will hold webinar Past, Present and Future of the Court of Justice of the Andean Community (in Spanish). The speakers are Luz Clemencia de Paez (ACPI), Marcel Tangarife (Colombia), and Luis Diez Canseco (TJCA). The presenter is Hugo Gómez (TJCA). Fernando Triana will moderate the session. 

On the same day, the webinar INPI - IP Digital Plan: Achievements and Perspectives (in Portuguese) will be streamed on YouTube. The event is organized by the Paulista Association of Intellectual Property (ASPI). The speakers are Mauro Catharino Vieira da Luz, Davison Rego Menezes, and Marcello do Nascimento. Liliane Agostinho Leite will moderate the session. 

The webinar Fashion Law and its relationship with influencers and the risks of empowerment (in Spanish) will take place on 24 September 2020. The event is organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). The speakers are Annalucia Fasson (Peru), Vanessa Rodriguez (Peru), Raquel Cañas (El Salvador), Ikerne Mestre (Mexico), José Juan Méndez (Mexico). The moderators are Ximena Souza Ferreira (Peru), Marcela Mancia (El Salvador), and Mariana García (Mexico). 

The webinar Artificial Intelligence, Software and Patents: Towards a Post-COVID Changing Game (Encounter 5) will be held on 25 September 2020. The Foundation for Research on Law and Business (FIDE, acronym in Spanish) and the Transatlantic Intellectual Property Academy (TIPSA) are organizing the event. The speakers are Professor Noam Shemtov (Queen Mary School of Law) and Professor Xiang Yu (Sino-European Institute for IP of HUST). Marco Alemán (WIPO) will moderate the session. 

Last but not least, the webinar The shape of IP: 3D objects, between copyright and trademark law (in English) will take place also on 25 September 2020. The event is organized by IP Time. The speaker is Professor Eleonora Rosati. 


PAST EVENTS 

Did you miss some events held the last week? The following are still available on-demand: 
  • 14 September. Opening lecture: ASIPI: An Academy to lead change (in Spanish), organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Speaker: Professor Manuel Desantes (University of Alicante). 
  • 15 September. Webinar: Intellectual Property Management in Sports Events (in Portuguese and Spanish), organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI). Opening speakers: Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta (ABPI) and José Graça Aranha (WIPO). Panellists: Carlos Castro (International Olympic Committee) and Vicente Rosenfeld (FIFA). Moderator: Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta. 
  • 15 September. Launch of Innovation Cooperation Project Brazil - Denmark, organized by the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil), the Danish Innovation Center (ICDK) and the Royal Danish Embassy in Brasília. Speakers: Carlos Da Costa (Ministry of Economy), Cláudio Furtado (INPI Brazil), Nicolai Prytz (Ambassador to Brazil), Sune Stampe Sørensen (Danish Patent and Trademark Office), José Graça Aranha (WIPO), and Carlos Américo (FAPESP). 
  • 16 September. Webinar: Regional Courts specialized in IP matters (in Portuguese), organized by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI). Opening speaker: Roner Fabris. Panellists: Ney Wiedemann Neto (TJRS), Alexandre Kosby Boeira (Regional Court of Novo Hamburgo) and Márcia Nunes de Barros (Federal Court). 
  • 16 - 18 September. The WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market. Some speakers: Francis Gurry (WIPO), Ivan Duque (President of Colombia), Toomas Hendrik (President of Estonia), Wishnutama Kusubandio (Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia), Eddy Maroun (Anghami), José Antonio Aboumrad (Claro Sports), Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA | Music Rights Awareness Foundation), and Refik Anadol (Media Artist, Turkey). The full program and the list of speakers are available here
  • 17 September. Webinar: What is the OEM doctrine and why it is important for avoiding a trademark infringement in China? (in English and Spanish), organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Speakers: Aaron Hurvitz (USA), Daniel de Prado (China), and Gordiano Casas (China). Moderator: Andrés Grunewaldt. 

If you have a craving for more, review the full list of events here

Credit: the picture is courtesy of Riana Harvey

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Monday, 14 September 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Upcoming events on this week!


WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK? 

On 14 September 2020, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) will hold the opening lecture ASIPI: An Academy to lead change (in Spanish). The lecture is part of the inaugural ceremony of the courses recently launched by ASIPI Academy. The speaker is Professor Manuel Desantes (University of Alicante). Elisabeth Siemsen do Amaral will inaugurate the academic year. 

The webinar Intellectual Property Management in Sports Events will take place on 15 September 2020. The event is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI). The opening speakers are Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta (ABPI) and José Graça Aranha (WIPO). The panellists ​​are Carlos Castro (International Olympic Committee), Fernanda Magalhães (ABPI) and Vicente Rosenfeld (FIFA). Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta will moderate the session. 

On the same day, the Launch of Innovation Cooperation Project Brazil - Denmark will be streamed on YouTube. The event is organized by the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil), the Danish Innovation Center (ICDK) and the Royal Danish Embassy in Brasília. 

Meanwhile, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), Elzaburu and Moda España are organizing the webinar WIPO PROOF: Digital evidence to protect intangible assets (in Spanish) also on 15 September 2020. The webinar is addressed to the creative industries. 

On 16 September 2020, the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) will hold the webinar Regional Courts specialized in IP matters (in Portuguese). The panellists are Dr Ney Wiedemann Neto (TJRS), Dr Alexandre Kosby Boeira (Regional Court of Novo Hamburgo) and Dra. Márcia Nunes de Barros (Federal Court). The opening speaker is Roner Fabris. 

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is offering the webinar Filing an international application (in Spanish) also on 16 September 2020. The event will cover the steps for filing international trademark applications under the Madrid System. The speaker is Ignacio Daza Sanroma. 

The WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market will take place from 16 to 18 September 2020. The program “will address the impact of the latest digital developments on creative content and new business models in various sectors: music, publishing, film, broadcasting, video games, and fashion”. The program and the list of speakers will be announced soon. The conference will be streamed here

The webinar What is the OEM doctrine and why it is important for avoiding a trademark infringement in China? (in English and Spanish) will be held on 17 September 2020. The event is organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). The speakers are Aaron D. Hurvitz (USA), Daniel de Prado (China), and Gordiano Casas (China). Andrés F. Grunewaldt will moderate the session. 

Meanwhile, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), and Elzaburu are offering the webinar WIPO PROOF: Digital evidence to protect intangible assets (in Spanish) also on 17 September 2020. The event is addressed to the innovative industries. 

Last but not least, the Webinar series on Agriculture, Agribusiness and innovation - Partnership Brazil - Denmark (in English) will take place from 17 to 23 September 2020. The event is organized by Esalq/USP and the Danish Consulate General/Innovation Centre Denmark in São Paulo. The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil) and the Royal Danish Embassy in Brasília are supporting the event. Register here before 16 September 2020


PAST EVENTS 

Did you miss some events held the last week? The following are still available on-demand: 
  • 9 September. Webinar: The future of intellectual property in the age of hybrid technologies (in Spanish), organized by the Permanent Seminar on Intellectual Property 2020-2 (SEPEPI) of the Legal Research Institute (IIJ) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Speaker: Professor Manuel Desantes (University of Alicante). 
  • 9 September. Webinar: Industrial Designs for Brazilian Users and Stakeholders (in English), organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil) and the Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents (ABAPI). Panellists: Jessamyn Honculada (WIPO), Max Germeil (WIPO) and Eduardo Rodrigues Rio (INPI Brazil). Moderator: Ricardo Pinho. 
  • 10 September. Webinar: Restriction measures to the use of trademarks (in English and Spanish), organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Speakers: Ron Cregan (UK), Antonella Salgueiro (Paraguay) and Luis Diez Canseco (Peru). Moderator: María Rosa Fabara. 
  • 11 September. Webinar: Web-users as creators. Legal aspects from a copyright perspective (in Spanish), organized by IP Time. Speaker: Pablo Solines Moreno (Ecuador). 

If you have a craving for more, review the full list of events here

Credit: the picture is courtesy of Riana Harvey. IPTango would like to express our gratitude to Riana for designing the image!
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Peru joins the WIPO’s Inventor Assistance Program


Peru has joined the WIPO’s Inventor Assistance Program (IAP, and PAI in Spanish). The program is a global initiative which provides inventors and micro-enterprises from developing countries with pro bono legal assistance on patents (e.g. drafting and prosecution). 

It is required that the IAP beneficiaries have been admitted to INDECOPI’s PATENTA program. Once they are selected for the IAP, a local attorney will assist them during the whole application process. 

Likewise, a foreign attorney may also support the IAP beneficiaries when dealing with Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCTapplications

Indeed, both local and foreign patent attorneys (e.g. located in Europe, Japan, and the United States of America) may apply for being IAP volunteers. More information about IAP volunteers here [section Get involved, Pro bono attorneys – Work with the IAP]. 

Other participating countries in the Inventor Assistance Program are Colombia, Ecuador, Morocco, the Philippines, and South Africa. 

More information can be reviewed on INDECOPI’s dedicated website for IAP (PAI in Spanish), INDECOPI’s press release, and WIPO’s press release


Sources: INDECOPI and WIPO websites. 

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Sunday, 13 September 2020

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WTO Trade Economist Thematic Award


The World Trade Organization (WTO) is calling for submissions for the new Trade Economist Thematic Award

The papers should not exceed 15,000 words and must consist of case studies addressing: 
  • “trade policy responses to COVID-19, their design and effectiveness 
  • the impact of measures adopted during the pandemic on goods and services trade 
  • trade policy and trade effects of COVID-19 on small and medium-sized enterprises, women and rural areas.” 
The author(s) of the papers must be trade experts who are completing or already hold a PhD or master’s degree from universities in developing countries. 

The prize is CHF 5,000. The winning paper will be presented during a WTO webinar and “will be published in the WTO Working Paper series”. 

The deadline to submit a paper is 30 September 2020More information here 

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Friday, 11 September 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

Today! Don't forget the 'event' TK and IP

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 As noted early on the week under 'upcoming events on this week', today is the day to attend the webinar by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPOE-commerce and Intellectual Property for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Entrepreneurs

I will be in attendance, will you?

The majority, if not all of our countries in Latin America are rich in genetic resources and traditional knowledge. Many do indeed protect traditional handicraft under Geographical Indications and for instance, Panama has a sui generis Law 20 (2020) which aims to protect TK and TCEs.

In Brazil, there are many local products that have benefited from GI protection (as a sui generis system), and some of them were globally seen in the Olympic games Rio 2016 (opening ceremony). Here you can see a very helpful map of GIs in Brazil.

In Colombia, there are 11 Denominations of Origin granted to handicraft, one of them is the weaving products 'Wayuu' referring to the Wayuu indigenous people. Check out (here)  the list of DOs already granted in Colombia. 

For more inside in how TK is seen as economic activity, check out this paper (available here) that I wrote back in March 2019 (IIC). Remember, GI has the potential to benefit rural communities, but there is some instance that there is no gold at the end of the rainbow. 


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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Upcoming events on this week!



WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK? 

On 9 September 2020, the webinar The future of intellectual property in the age of hybrid technologies (in Spanish) will be streamed on Facebook. The event is part of the Permanent Seminar on Intellectual Property 2020-2 (SEPEPI) which is organized by the Legal Research Institute (IIJ) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The speaker is Professor Manuel Desantes (University of Alicante). 

On the same day, the webinar The importance of intangible assets (in Spanish) will take place. The event is organized by the Mexican Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AMPPI). The speakers are Melissa Barriga Castañeda, María Esther García Álvarez, and Alan Guevara Morales. Carolina Ponce will moderate the session. 

The webinar Industrial Designs for Brazilian Users and Stakeholders (in English and Portuguese) will be streamed on YouTube also on 9 September 2020. The event is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil) and the Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents (ABAPI). The panellists are Jessamyn Honculada (WIPO), Max Germeil (WIPO) and Eduardo Rodrigues Rio (INPI Brazil). Ricardo Pinho will moderate the session. 

Meanwhile, the Ibero-American Federation of Law and Information Technology Associations (FIADI) is organizing the webinar Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Law (in Spanish) also on 9 September 2020. The speakers are Luis Raúl Rodríguez Oconitrillo, Humberto Martín Ruani, Edda Karen Céspedes Babilón and José Vega Gallardo. Register here

The EPIP2020 Online Conference will take place from 9 to 11 September 2020. The event is organized by the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP). The program will cover artificial intelligence, data privacy, platform regulations, the EU Digital Single Market, trade secrets, overlapping trademarks and other IPRs, as well as COVID-19 and IP. Some speakers are Marco Alemán (WIPO), Carsten Fink (WIPO), Marcus Höpperger (WIPO), Yann Ménière (EPO), Nathan Wajsman (EUIPO), Andrew Toole (USPTO), Christophe Geiger (University of Strasbourg), Daniel Gervais (Vanderbilt University), Eleonora Rosati (University of Stockholm), Nicola Searle (University of London), Irene Calboli (Texas A&M University), Estelle Derclaye (University of Nottingham), Natali Helberger (University of Amsterdam), and Lisa Ouellette (Stanford Law School). 

On 10 September 2020, the Mexican Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AMPPI) will hold the webinar Women and video games: How to balance the game? (in Spanish). The speakers are Blanca Estela López Pérez (UAM-A), Diana Rodríguez Aparicio (Women in Gamex) and Dany Kino (TV UNAM). Salvador Camacho will moderate the session. 

The Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) is organizing the webinar Restriction measures to the use of trademarks (in English and Spanish) also on 10 September 2020. The speakers are Ron Cregan (UK), Antonella Salgueiro (Paraguay) and Luis Diez Canseco (Peru). María Rosa Fabara will moderate the session. 

On 11 September 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is offering the webinar E-commerce and Intellectual Property for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Entrepreneurs. The speakers are Juan Hoyos (ITC), Lucille Anak Awen Jon (Malaysia), Solveig Ballo (Norway), and Gabriele Gagliani (Bocconi University). Rebecka Forsgren (WIPO Indigenous Fellow) will moderate the session. 

Last but not least, IP Time will hold the webinar Web-users as creators. Legal aspects from a copyright perspective (in Spanish) also on 11 September 2020. The speaker is Pablo Solines Moreno (Ecuador). 


PAST EVENTS 

Did you miss some events held the last week? The following are still available on-demand: 
  • 31 August - 3 September. Online Seminar on the Analysis of the Amendments to Intellectual Property in Mexico (in Spanish), organized by the Seminar of Patents, Trademarks and Copyright of the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Some speakers: Geidy Lung (WIPO), Carmen Arteaga (UNAM), Hugo Contreras Lamadrid (INDAUTOR), Kiyoshi Tsuru, José Luis Caballero, Martín Michaus, Mauricio Jalife, Fernando Becerril, Bernardo Herrerías, and Gastón Esquivel. Watch the panel I here; panel II and III here and here; panel IV and V here; panel VI and VII here
  • 1 September. Webinar: Medical Technology and Application of Artificial Intelligence: Overview and Regulatory Framework (in Portuguese), organized by the Paulista Association of Intellectual Property (ASPI). Speakers: Patrícia Peck Pinheiro, Elza Durham and Gilberto Takata. Moderators: Gil Meizler and Eliane Beltrame. 
  • 2 September. Webinar: Financing Tools for Health Innovation (in English and Spanish), organized by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance). Speakers: María Apólito (Argentina), Juan Manuel Giner González (Argentina) and Carmelo M. Gordian (United States of America). 
  • 2 September. Webinar: The Innovation System of Paraná (in Portuguese), organized by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI). Opening speakers: Maria Inez Araujo de Abreu (CESA) and Juliana L.B. Viegas (USP). Panellists: Aldo Nelson Bona (SETI) and José Maurino de Oliveira Martins (SEPARTEC). Moderator: Claudia Crisostimo. 
  • 2 September. The opening lecture of the Course: Strategic management of trademarks portfolio (in Portuguese), organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI). The theme of the opening lecture was the International Trademark System. Speakers: José Graça Aranha (WIPO), Kone Cesário (UFRJ) and Luciany Pelisson Creado Becker (OAB PR). 
  • 3 September. Webinar: Online dispute resolution for IP issues (in Spanish), organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Speakers: Leandro Toscano (WIPO), Paul Corral (Catholic University of Ecuador) and Javier Fernández-Lasquetty. Moderator: Mary Fernández Rodríguez. 
  • 3 September. Webinar: Anti-discrimination compliance in the fashion industry - measures and clauses for adequacy (in Portuguese), organized by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) and OAB Rio de Janeiro (the Order of Attorneys of Brazil). Speakers: Humberto Adami (OAB), Fabricio Oliveira (UFF) and Ana Paula de Paula (CDMD). Moderators: Deborah Portillo (CDMD) and Renata Lisboa (CDMD). 
  • 4 September. Webinar: General principles applicable to Copyright contracts* (in Spanish), organized by IP Time. Speaker: Professor Delia Lipszyc. 
* The webinar details were added to the page “Events” on the IPTango website after the weekly article was published. 


If you have a craving for more, review the full list of events here

Credit: the picture is courtesy of Riana Harvey. IPTango would like to express our gratitude to Riana for designing the image! 

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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

Brazil: new patent priority examination

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Starting this September 2020, the Instituto Nacional da Propriedad Industrial (INPI) adds to its lists of patent priority examination, TWO more. They are technology applications resulting from public funding and technology applications already available on the market. 


INPI already has available 14 types of priority applications, that is, procedures in place. With the two new additions, INPI has ‘16 types of priority procedure available, 14 for the general public and two for public entities’. INPI notes that the period for decisions of priority examination, counted from the application date, was done in 13.1 months (July 2020). 


The move to prioritize these two was based on the following: 

  1. Application with technology resulting from public funding: to ‘speed up the development of new technologies, given that investments in innovation impose high risks and uncertainties for the viability of new projects.’ INPI notes that ‘public funding agencies have been important drivers of innovation.’ 
  2. Applications with technology already available on the market: to ‘promote an increase in legal certainty, with a consequent improvement in the business environment in Brazil.’ INPI notes that it is ‘possible to request the prioritization of the exam by third parties interested in the technology, also stimulating the innovative process.’
Source INPI.
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Monday, 7 September 2020

IPTango

UTP y ASIPI: Segunda Edición del Moot Court de Propiedad Intelectual


La Universidad Tecnológica del Perú (UTP) y la Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI) publicaron la convocatoria de la segunda edición del Moot Court de Propiedad Intelectual

Los equipos deberán integrarse por 2 a 6 participantes mayores de 18 años, que sean alumnos de pregrado o hayan egresado hace un año (como máximo). 

El premio para el primer lugar consiste en sesiones de mentoría y US$2,000. Mientras que el segundo lugar obtendrá sesiones de mentoría. 

La fecha límite para inscribirse es el 5 de octubre de 2020

Más información aquí


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Sunday, 6 September 2020

IPTango

WIPO GREEN: Call for nominations of young researchers and entrepreneurs


WIPO GREEN launched the Young and Green initiative on the International Youth Day 2020 (12 August 2020). 

As part of this new initiative, WIPO GREEN is encouraging its partners and stakeholders to nominate “young researchers and entrepreneurs in green technology”. 

The selected candidates will be featured on the WIPO GREEN website. 

Nominations must be submitted here by 10 September 2020

More information here (at the bottom: Join the Initiative)


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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

El Índice Mundial de Innovación de 2020: Latinoamérica y el Caribe


La 13ª edición del Índice Mundial de Innovación de 2020 (GII, por sus siglas en inglés) fue publicada hoy. El documento es una publicación conjunta de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI), la Universidad Cornell y la INSEAD

La Confederación Nacional de la Industria (CNI) de Brasil, la empresa 3DEXPERIENCE (Dassault Systèmes), y la Confederación de la Industria India (CII) colaboraron como socios especializados “apoyando la elaboración” del GII. 

La publicación “es fundamentalmente una clasificación de las capacidades y los resultados en el ámbito de la innovación en las economías de todo el mundo”. 

El tema del Índice Mundial de Innovación de 2020 es ¿Quién financiará la innovación?, el cual resulta de suma importancia y pertinencia a la luz de la pandemia COVID-19. 

La OMPI compartió algunas conclusiones en el comunicado de prensa publicado hoy:
  • “La crisis derivada de la COVID-19 ha afectado al panorama de la innovación en un momento en que esta prosperaba. 
  • [E]l dinero para financiar los proyectos innovadores se está agotando. Las iniciativas de capital riesgo están disminuyendo drásticamente en América del Norte, Asia y Europa. 
  • La repercusión de esta falta de financiación de la innovación será desigual, y los efectos negativos se dejarán sentir con mayor fuerza en las primeras etapas de las iniciativas de capital riesgo, en las empresas emergentes con un alto grado de I+D y en los países que no suelen ser focos de atracción del capital riesgo. 
  • La crisis derivada de la COVID-19 ya ha impulsado la innovación en numerosos sectores, nuevos y tradicionales, como la salud, la educación, el turismo y el comercio minorista.” 
Suiza, Suecia, Estados Unidos de América, Reino Unido y Países Bajos encabezan los primeros lugares del Índice Mundial de Innovación de 2020. 

Los líderes regionales en innovación en Latinoamérica y el Caribe son Chile (lugar 54 del GII), México (lugar 55 del GII) y Costa Rica (lugar 56 del GII). 

Los resultados contenidos en el estudio también pueden consultarse por cada país de América Latina y el Caribe: 
  1. Chile (Lugar del GII: 54) 
  2. México (Lugar del GII: 55) 
  3. Costa Rica (Lugar del GII: 56) 
  4. Brasil (Lugar del GII: 62) 
  5. Colombia (Lugar del GII: 68) 
  6. Uruguay (Lugar del GII: 69) 
  7. Jamaica (Lugar del GII: 72) 
  8. Panamá (Lugar del GII: 73) 
  9. Perú (Lugar del GII: 76) 
  10. Argentina (Lugar del GII: 80) 
  11. República Dominicana (Lugar del GII: 90) 
  12. El Salvador (Lugar del GII: 92) 
  13. Paraguay (Lugar del GII: 97) 
  14. Trinidad y Tobago (Lugar del GII: 98) 
  15. Ecuador (Lugar del GII: 99) 
  16. Honduras (Lugar del GII: 103) 
  17. Bolivia (Lugar del GII: 105) 
  18. Guatemala (Lugar del GII: 106) 
El estudio reveló que Brasil, México y Argentina son “sede de empresas multinacionales que invierten en I+D y se encuentran entre las diez principales economías de ingresos medios en cuanto a la calidad de la innovación”. 

En cuanto al indicador 7.1.2 respecto al valor de las marcas a nivel mundial, los líderes regionales son México (lugar 30), Chile (lugar 37), Colombia (lugar 40), Brasil (lugar 43) y Argentina (lugar 57). 

Mientras que Chile (lugar 38), Uruguay (lugar 49) y Brasil (lugar 50) destacan por la producción de alto nivel de artículos científicos y técnicos (indicador 6.1.4). 

Revisa aquí el Índice Mundial de Innovación 2020 (GII) y aquí el ranking completo todas las regiones a nivel mundial (en inglés). 

Mira aquí el video de la OMPI sobre los aspectos destacados del GII (en inglés). 

Lee aquí mi reporte en inglés del GII de todas las regiones a nivel mundial, publicado en el blog The IPKat


Fuentes: 
Universidad Cornell, INSEAD y la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (2020). The Global Innovation Index 2020: Who Will Finance Innovation? Ithaca, Fontainebleau, y Ginebra. 

Crédito: imagen de Garik Barseghyan en Pixabay.
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