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Monday, 31 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Upcoming events on this week!



WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK? 

The Online Seminar on the Analysis of the Amendments to Intellectual Property in Mexico (in Spanish) will be streamed on Facebook from 31 August to 3 September 2020. The event is organized by the Seminar of Patents, Trademarks and Copyright of the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The speakers are Geidy Lung (WIPO), Carmen Arteaga (UNAM), Reynaldo Urtiaga Escobar (UNAM), Hugo Contreras Lamadrid (INDAUTOR), Kiyoshi Tsuru, José Luis Caballero, Fernando Becerril, Bernardo Herrerías, Martín Michaus, Mauricio Jalife, José Juan Méndez, and Gastón Esquivel Santos. The moderators are Carmen Arteaga, Ana Betancourt, and Jorge Mier y Concha Segura. Review here the program. 

On 1 September 2020, the webinar Medical Technology and Application of Artificial Intelligence: Overview and Regulatory Framework (in Portuguese) will be streamed on YouTube. The event is organized by the Paulista Association of Intellectual Property (ASPI). The speakers are Patrícia Peck Pinheiro, Elza Durham and Gilberto Takata. The moderators are Gil Meizler and Eliane Beltrame. 

On the same day, the Venezuelan Institute of Industrial Property Agents (COVAPI) will hold the webinar The Right to Petition in light of Industrial Property and its protection under the Contentious Administrative procedure (in Spanish). The speakers are Luis G. Arévalo, José G. Torrealba and Joaquín Núñez. Ana E. Hernández will moderate the session. Register here

The Workshop on Intellectual Property for Media Professionals will take place from 1 to 3 September 2020. The workshop is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil), the Science and Technology Park of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (TECNOPUC), and the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI). Some speakers are Marcelo Chimento (INPI Brazil), Aline Iramina (SDAPI) and Gustavo Martins de Almeida. Review here the program. 

On 2 September 2020, the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) is organizing the webinar The Innovation System of Paraná (in Portuguese). The opening speakers are Maria Inez Araujo de Abreu (CESA) and Juliana L.B. Viegas (USP). The panellists are Aldo Nelson Bona (SETI) and José Maurino de Oliveira Martins (SEPARTEC). Claudia Crisostimo will moderate the session. 

The webinar Financing Tools for Health Innovation (in Spanish) will also be held on 2 September 2020. The event is organized by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance). The speakers are María Apólito (Argentina), Juan Manuel Giner González (Argentina) and Carmelo M. Gordian (United States of America). Register here

Meanwhile, the Opening lecture of the Course Strategic management of trademarks portfolio will also take place on 2 September 2020. The course is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI). The theme of the opening lecture is the International Trademark System. The speakers are José Graça Aranha (WIPO), Kone Cesário (UFRJ) and Luciany Pelisson Creado Becker (OAB PR). Register here free of charge for attending the opening lecture. 

On the same day, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is offering the webinar Introduction to the Madrid Application Assistant. The webinar will provide an overview of the new WIPO tool which “is an electronic version of the official MM2” and imports the required information “directly from the Office of origin’s national/regional trademarks database”. 

On 3 September 2020, the following events are scheduled: 
  • Webinar: How to use WIPO PROOF, organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The webinar will include a Q&A session. 
  • 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. 
  • Seminar: Theory of Intellectual Property (in Spanish), organized by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). The seminar starts on 3 September 2020 and will last four months. More information here
  • 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). 
Last but not least, the International Seminar: Copyright from a 20/20 perspective will take place on and 4 September 2020. The seminar is organized by the Colombian Center for Copyright (CECOLDA), the National Directorate of Copyright of Colombia (DNDA), the Colombian Center of Reprographic Rights (CDR) and the University of La Sabana. Some speakers are Carolina Romero (DNDA), Rafael Fariñas (CISAC), Natalia Gómez (CDR), Geidy Lung (WIPO), Facundo Recondo (AT&T), Gerardo Muñóz de Cote (Netflix), Horacio Gutiérrez (Spotify), María Strong (US Copyright Office), and Gustavo Schötz (Austral University). The program is available here


PAST EVENTS 

Did you miss some events held the last week? The following are still available on-demand: 
* 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


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WIPO Academy DL Courses: the deadline is approaching!


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is offering the following advanced courses as part of the Distance Learning (DL) Program: 
  • Copyright and Related Rights (DL-201) 
  • Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions (DL-203) 
  • Patents (DL-301) 
  • Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (DL-302) 
  • Arbitration and Mediation Procedure under the WIPO Rules (DL-317) 
  • Patent Information Search (DL-318) 
  • Basics of Patent Drafting (DL-320) 
  • Intellectual Property Management (DL-450) 
  • Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights for Legal Practitioners (DL-501) 
  • Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights for Rights Holders (DL-502) 
  • Software Licensing Including Open Source (DL-511) 
  • Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation – WHO, WIPO, WTO Executive Course on the intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade (DL701) 
The courses are available in different languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, and English. 

The deadline for registration is 10 September 2020, except for the DL701 course which is 4 October 2020

More information here: click on “Course Catalog” and then select the language. 


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Sunday, 30 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

ASIPI launches the interactive map of AOs, GIs, collective and certification marks


The Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) launched the interactive map of appellations of origin (AOs), geographical indications (GIs), collective and certification marks of the Americas.

The Committee of Geographical Indications of ASIPI carried out the project which aims “to provide a tool that, in addition to being a source of consultation, would allow interaction for feedback and permanent updating”. 

The interactive map allows to sort per country, and it is available in Spanish and English. A brief description of the GIs, AOs or marks is displayed when they are selected, and the relevant regions are highlighted on the map. 

So far, the AOs, GIs, collective and certification marks* of the following countries are available on the map: 
  • Argentina 
  • Belize* 
  • Bolivia 
  • Brazil 
  • Chile* 
  • Colombia, 
  • Costa Rica* 
  • Cuba 
  • Dominican Republic 
  • Ecuador 
  • El Salvador 
  • Guatemala 
  • Jamaica 
  • Mexico 
  • Nicaragua 
  • Panama 
  • Peru 
  • Puerto Rico 
  • The United States* 
  • Venezuela 
ASIPI encourages to submit here and here any updates or additional information concerning the map. 

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Upcoming events on this week!



WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK? 

On 25 August 2020, the webinar Artificial Intelligence: Big Controversies (in Portuguese) will take place. The event is organized by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI). The speakers are Caroline Tauk and Eduardo Magrani. Register here

The webinar Relevant topics regarding the new legislation on copyright (in Spanish) was rescheduled so that it will be held on 26 August 2020. 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 Hugo Contreras Lamadrid, Director General of the National Institute of Copyright (INDAUTOR). The webinar will be streamed on Facebook

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is offering the webinar Deep Dive: exploring Madrid Monitor also on 26 August 2020. Some “tips on how to make the most of Madrid Monitor’s features and benefits” will be provided. The speaker is Olivier Pierre. 

On 27 August 2020, the following webinars are scheduled: 
On 28 August 2020, the International Chamber of Commerce of Mexico (ICC Mexico) will hold the webinar Amendments to the Federal Copyright Law. The speakers are Oscar Estrada Chavez (Federal Court, IP Specialised Bench) and Hugo Contreras Lamadrid (INDAUTOR). 

On the same day, the forum Collective marks, certification marks and appellations of origin will take place. The event is organized by the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce of Colombia (SIC Colombia). Register here.

On 30 August 2020, the Foundation for Research on Law and Business (FIDE, acronym in Spanish) is organizing the panel The three main social, legal and economic models of AI: is there room for marriage?. The panel is part of the 24th edition of the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI), organized by CiTIUS (the Research Centre in Information Technology of the Singular Research Centres Network of the University of Santiago de Compostela). The speakers are Margaret Chen, Cornelia Kutterer and Nuria Oliver. The moderator is Professor Laurent Manderieux. The panel director is Professor Manuel Desantes. Register here

The following events already started but will continue this week: 
  • 24 - 26 August. Webinar: Introduction to Intellectual Property (in Spanish), organized by the National Service of Intellectual Rights (SENADI Ecuador) and National Institute of Biodiversity (INABIO). Speakers: Paulina Mosquera, Fernado Nogales, Andrea Mena and Elizabeth Ribadeneira. 
  • 24 - 27 August. XXXIV Annual Conference on Industrial Property (in Spanish), organized by the Argentine Association of Industrial Property Agents (AAAPI). Some speakers: Alejandro Breuer Moreno, Hernán Cabaleiro Rigamonti, Martín Bensadon, Martín Re, Gustavo Giay, Matías Ghidini, and Ricardo M. Gordó Llobell. Some moderators: Graciela Pérez de Inzaurraga, Gastón Richelet, and Juan Berton Moreno.


    PAST EVENTS 
Did you miss some events held the last week? The following are still available on-demand: 
  • 17 - 21 August. Watch here the opening* of the National Patent Drafting Workshop (in Spanish), organized the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). Opening speakers: Juan Lozano (IMPI), Marco Alemán (WIPO) and Ernesto Acevedo Fernández (Ministry of Economy). 
  • 18 August. Webinar: Non-traditional, collective and certification marks* (in Spanish), organized by the Venezuelan Institute of Industrial Property Agents (COVAPI). Speakers: Luis A. Henriquez and Juan L. Astudillo. Moderator: Ricardo Rojas. 
  • 19 August. Webinar: Judging Intellectual Property - Interactions between Justice, Copyright and Industrial Property (in Portuguese), organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents (ABAPI), the National Justice Council of Brazil (CNJ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. Speakers: Marcia Maria N. de Barros (Federal Regional Court of Rio de Janeiro), José Carlos Costa Netto (Court of Justice of the State of São Paulo) and Richard Pae Kim (CNJ). Moderators: Marcelo Goyanes (ABAPI) and Heitor Figueiredo Sobral Torres (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). 
  • 20 August. Webinar: The new route of our Tequila, our Coffee, our Rum: a commercial perspective (in Spanish), organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Speakers: Ramón González Figueroa (CRT - Tequila Regulatory Council), Paola Romero (FNC - Colombian Coffee Growers Federation), María Mercedes Sánchez (ANFAL - National Association of Alcohol and Spirits Manufacturers, Guatemalan Rum) and María José Sánchez (FNC). Moderator: Jorge Chávarro. 
* It took place before the weekly article was published. The details were available on the page “Events” on the IPTango website. 


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

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Friday, 21 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

[Interview] How does Mercado Libre deal with online IP infringements?


IPTango
 was pleased to interview Juan Cichero, Head of Brand Protection at Mercado Libre (MELI). 

Juan conversed about the Brand Protection Program (including the machine learning technologies used to detect infringing ads), the agreements signed with some organizations and whether there is an increase in the number of complaints filed to report IPR infringements in light of the pandemic.


1. Recently, Mercado Libre released the report "E-commerce: consumer habits evolution, in times of COVID-19". According to the stats, there was significant growth in online shopping, which had an impact on the number of new and recovered buyers. In this sense, is there a similar increase in the number of complaints filed to report IPR infringements?

No, we have not seen a substantial growth concerning the number of complaints submitted since the pandemic started. 


2. Would you please share some stats regarding the most frequent complaints submitted concerning countries, categories of products and infringement types? 

The most frequent infringement types are copyright and trademark infringements, specifically counterfeit and piracy. Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina are the three markets in the region with more complaints filed. Finally, the categories of products most affected are consumer electronics, apparel, footwear, and cosmetics. 


3. The IPPP (Intellectual Property Protection Program) was renewed last year. How would you summarize the new features of the Brand Protection Program (BPP)? 

Indeed. At the end of 2019, we re-launched our program, including a rebranding from IPPP to BPP (Brand Protection Program), aiming at being closer to brand owners. 

Mercado Libre's BPP main features are the following: 
  • The reporting tool is available in the 18 countries in which Mercado Libre operates. 
  • One single account to monitor and report allegedly infringing listings. 
  • Free of charge
  • Allow members to enroll and protect their full IP portfolio, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, industrial models, and designs. 
  • Notice & Takedown procedure with a counter-notice process after which the member decides whether to accept or not the response of the seller. 
  • Real-time search in all our sites and the possibility to submit reports massively, with just a few clicks. 
  • Special filters and the possibility to search through various criteria that make the reporting experience easier and more efficient. 
  • Sellers audit to differentiate trustworthy and suspicious sellers. 
  • Create and share customized reports
  • Case management (counter-notice process) to track seller's responses. 
  • Several profiles in the same account. 
  • Available in 3 languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese
Additionally, we launched a new landing page for the BPP in which IPRs owners can find information concerning the benefits of the program and the enforcement tool, how to enroll in the program, our terms and conditions, a Q&A session and finally, a direct link to access the reporting tool. The landing page also is available in the three languages. 


4. Would you please tell us about the resources used by Mercado Libre to detect IP infringements?

Fighting against counterfeit and piracy entails investing more on human and technological resources. In this sense, MELI currently has a team made up of 9 (nine) different areas working together towards this goal. Furthermore, we constantly invest in new machine learning technologies and methodologies to detect potential infringing ads. 

Therefore, in addition to the reporting tool, -and with the help of sophisticated machine learning models-, MELI has recently developed proactive measures in order to improve the detection methods of allegedly infringing listings, that learn from reports made by IP owners through the BPP and remove similar listings that the brand owner may not have detected. Once we identify another listing containing the same infringement detected by the brand owner, it is automatically removed from our platform


5. Would you please provide a brief overview of the notice and takedown procedure carried out through the BPP? 

The Notice and Takedown procedure through the BPP can be summarized in the following steps: 
  1. The member of the BPP searches for allegedly infringing listings by using the search engine of the reporting tool. 
  2. The member marks the listing(s) as suspicious and selects the type of infringement (i.e. counterfeit, trademark infringement, copyright, etc.) and submits the report. 
  3. The allegedly infringing listing is paused (not available in the platform). 
  4. The seller receives the member's report with instructions on how to reply to the claim. The seller has 4 four days to submit their counter-notice. If he/she fails to respond within those four days, the listing is automatically permanently removed. 
  5. If the seller replies within those four days (can include pictures of the product, invoices, receipts, or any other documentation), the member has four days to either confirm or dismiss the claim:
  • If the member accepts the arguments of the seller (or fails to reply within those four days), the claim is dismissed, and the listing is reinstated. 
  • If the member does not accept the documentation or the arguments submitted by the seller, the listing is permanently removed from the marketplace, and the seller is analyzed by Mercado Libre to determine whether a measure should be applied. 

6. What are the consequences of placing infringing listings? 

For each successful report or proactive detection, the system triggers a behaviour seller analysis to determine whether a measure to the seller applies or not. The measures could be a warning notice, a temporary suspension of the account and finally, the permanent shutdown of the account from the marketplace. 

We focus our efforts in analyzing the most descriptive variables of sellers, that can correlate with the chance of selling counterfeit items. Once we detect a suspicious seller, various ratios are calculated so we can ban them. Furthermore, we ban all the rest of the duplicate accounts that they might have. After that, we make our re-registration process harder for all those sellers who have strong relations with those accounts that had been banned before. 


7. How would you describe the collaboration between Mercado Libre and brand owners in light of the BPP's goals? 

One of the main goals of the BPP is to foster collaboration and partnership with brand owners. We are working very closely with brand owners by providing them with enforcement tools to make sure their IP rights are protected from bad actors. 

In many cases, brand owners also give training to our internal teams to learn more about their products to be vigilant about the presence of allegedly infringing listings in our marketplace. We also provide members with a direct channel of communication with our support team to make sure their claims or concerns are duly solved. For new members, we also offer personalized support during the enrollment process, and we provide them with a walkthrough so they can learn about the main features of the reporting tool. 

So far, the feedback has been very positive, and we are constantly receiving new enrollment requests. It is important to stress that any IP owner (or their representative) can enroll in our BPP by filling a simple enrollment form and submitting the necessary documents (such as trademark registration certificates) based on the member's needs. 


8. Recently, Mercado Libre signed an agreement with INDECOPI for the protection of IPRs in the digital environment, would you please tell us a little about the MoU?

Indeed. We have recently signed a cooperation agreement with INDECOPI for the protection of the IPRs owned by the Peruvian State and the rights of any IP owner registered before INDECOPI. We have provided INDECOPI with our monitoring and reporting tool, but unfortunately, due to the current situation of COVID-19 lockdown, some aspects of the joined efforts had to be delayed. However, we trust that with the normalization of the INDECOPI procedures, the enforcement will resume. Currently, other cooperation agreements are under negotiation. 


9. Are there similar agreements signed by Mercado Libre with other IP Offices or organizations for the protection of IPRs?

We have signed collaboration agreements with different authorities, chambers, and associations from all over the region, focusing on health, tax, environmental and intellectual property matters. Regarding IPRs, and in addition to the agreement with INDECOPI, we have signed agreements with other stakeholders such as the Argentinian Book Chamber (CAL), the Colombian Book Chamber, the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers (CAPIF), the Brazilian Film Agency (ANCINE-Brazil) and National Association of Uruguayan Broadcasters (ANDEBU-Uruguay). Currently, other agreements are under negotiation. 


10. What are the next steps Mercado Libre will take to cope with online IPRs infringements? 

At Mercado Libre, we are in constant evolution, and the BPP is not the exception. In this sense, and thanks to the feedback received from our members, we are continuously introducing enhancements to our online reporting tool to ensure the best experience to our members when monitoring and reporting allegedly infringing listings. Additionally, we continue working on our proactive measures to ensure we combine both efforts to keep the marketplace free of counterfeit and pirated goods. 

We encourage all brand owners who would like to protect their IP assets, to join us by enrolling in our Brand Protection Program at www.brandprotectionprogram.com and help us make the marketplace a safer place for their consumers. 


IPTango would like to express our gratitude to Juan Cichero, Head of Brand Protection at Mercado Libre, for the interview. 

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Thursday, 20 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

WIPO: Policies adopted by the Member States concerning AI and IP


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) had gathered some policies adopted by the Member States concerning Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intellectual Property. 

The compilation can be reviewed on the AI and IP Strategy Clearing House. The searchable feature allows to sort per country and the following policy types: 
  •  “Case law for AI and IP 
  • Data ownership 
  • Data rights 
  • Database rights 
  • Examination guidelines and procedures for AI 
  • IP legislative measures adapted for AI 
  • National or regional AI or other strategy with data rights component 
  • National or regional AI strategy 
  • National or regional AI strategy with IP component 
  • Other AI and IP processes and information” 
The documents are available “in the form and in the languages in which they are received”. Likewise, WIPO encourages the Member States to submit here “any updates in their policies”. 

If you have a craving for more, read here about the Second Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI, held online last month. 

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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Upcoming events on this week!


WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK? 

On 19 August 2020, the webinar Relevant topics regarding the new legislation on copyright (in Spanish) will be streamed on Facebook. The event is part of the Permanent Seminar on Intellectual Property 2020-2 (PSIP) which is organized by the Legal Research Institute (IIJ) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The speaker is Hugo Contreras Lamadrid, Director General of the National Institute of Copyright (INDAUTOR). 

On the same day, the webinar Judging Intellectual Property - Interactions between Justice, Copyright and Industrial Property will be streamed on YouTube. The event is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents (ABAPI), the National Justice Council of Brazil (CNJ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. The speakers are Marcia Maria N. de Barros (Federal Regional Court of Rio de Janeiro), José Carlos Costa Netto (Court of Justice of the State of São Paulo) and Richard Pae Kim (CNJ). The moderators are Marcelo Goyanes (ABAPI) and Heitor Figueiredo Sobral Torres (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). 

On 20 August 2020, it will take place the webinar: The new route of our Tequila, our Coffee, our Rum: a commercial perspective (in Spanish). The event is organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Some experiences concerning the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT), the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) and the National Association of Alcohol and Spirits Manufacturers (ANFAL, Guatemalan Rum) will be shared. The speakers are Ramón González Figueroa (CRT), Paola Romero (FNC), María Mercedes Sánchez (ANFAL) and María José Sánchez (FNC). Jorge Chávarro will moderate the session. 

The webinar Key aspects for investing in technology ventures (in Spanish) will also be held on 20 August 2020. The event is organized by the National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI Chile). The speakers are Pamela Chávez and Pablo Fernández. Register here

On the same day, the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) will hold the webinar Secondary Meaning, Vulgarization and the INPI (in Portuguese). The speakers are Carlos Eduardo Neves de Carvalho, Silvia Rodrigues (INPI) and Lelio Schmidt. Register here

Last but not least, the webinar Guide to WIPO Services for the .CN and .中国 (China) ccTLD will take place on 20 August 2020. The event is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The webinar will address the basic aspects of filing “.CN” and “.中国” domain name complaints against cybersquatters. 


PAST EVENTS 

Did you miss some events held the last week? The following are still available on-demand: 
  • 12 August. Webinar: Indigenous Communities and Copyright (in Spanish), organized by the National Institute of Copyright (INDAUTOR). Speakers: Hugo Contreras Lamadrid (INDAUTOR), Juan Miguel Ruiz Pérez (INDAUTOR) and Nancy Clara Vásquez García (Äats hilando caminos). 
  • 12 - 13 August. Webinar: Intellectual Property as a tool for promoting the national identity of countries (in Spanish), organized by the Latin American School of Intellectual Property (ELAPI). Some speakers are Ronald Gastello (INDECOPI), Ray Meloni (INDECOPI), María José Lamus (SIC Colombia), José Andrés Tinajero (SENADI Ecuador), Silvana Sánchez (SENAPI Bolivia), and Luis José Diez Canseco Núñez (Technological University of Peru). 
  • 13 August. Webinar: Ratification of the Nagoya Protocol - First Impressions* (in Portuguese), organized by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI). Speakers: Professor Bráulio Dias (University of Brasilia) and Ana Paula Viana (Natura). Moderators: Luiz Ricardo Marinello and Alex Gonçalves de Almeida. 
* 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

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Sunday, 16 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

AIPPI’s Platform for Online Resources & Publications


The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) launched a Platform for Online Resources & Publications

The platform is user-friendly and contains “almost 4,000 publications”. 

The main elements to perform a search are the featured collections, the basic and advanced searches.

The featured collections include inter alia Committee Publications, Summary Reports, Study Guidelines, Amicus Briefs submissions and Resolutions adopted by AIPPI (classified per topic: patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, designs and general). 

AIPPI announced that the “National and Regional Group Reports for the 2020 Questions” are already available on the platform. 

Access here to the new platform.

Watch here the video about the platform. 

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Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

MAPI: Segunda Edición del Premio Propiedad Intelectual


Como fue anunciado aquí, el Máster de Propiedad Intelectual, Industrial y de Nuevas Tecnologías (MAPI) de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid publicó la convocatoria de la segunda edición del Premio Propiedad Intelectual.

Los trabajos que se presenten deberán abordan temas de derechos de autor y derechos conexos. Deberán estar escritos en español, con una extensión máxima de 70 páginas.

El premio es de €3,500 y el trabajo del ganador será publicado en la Revista de Propiedad Intelectual.

Los trabajos deberán enviarse al correo master.propiedadintelectua@uam.es antes del 15 de diciembre de 2020.

Más información aquí.

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Saturday, 15 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Internship at WIPO’s Global Challenges Division


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is looking for an intern to join the Global Challenges Division in Geneva.

The internship is targeted to young professionals or recent graduates who have an interest in the interplay between IP, global health, climate change and food security.

Applications must be submitted before 10 September 2020.

More information here

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ABPI: Patent of the Year Award


As it was announced here, the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) is accepting submissions for the Patent of the Year Award. The competition is endorsed by the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil). 

The Judging Committee will evaluate the inventions "related to the prevention or treatment of COVID-19" taking into account the potential for generating social and economic benefits, the environmental impact, the internationalization of protection, and the participation of Brazilian inventors.

The award will be granted during the 40th ABPI International Congress on Intellectual Property, which will be held online from 19 to 22 October 2020. The prize is a one-year membership of ABPI. 

The deadline for this competition is 4 September 2020More information here and here

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Friday, 14 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

WIPO Conversation on IP and AI


As it was announced here, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held the Second Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI from 7 to 9 July 2020

The virtual meeting gathered WIPO’s member states and “other stakeholders to discuss the impact of AI on IP”. 

According to WIPO “over 2,000 people from 130 countries …. followed the deliberations. [and m]ore than 50 speakers from a diverse range of organizations spoke during the meeting”. 

WIPO also released a searchable feature of the listing of interventions to the meeting, which allows sorting the submissions per organization type (e.g. corporations, individuals, WIPO Member States), country and issue (e.g. patents, copyright, deep fakes, designs, trade secrets, accountability). 

Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General, stated that a further conversation might take place in November, “to deal with issues … such as artificial intelligence in the area of trademarks and branding”. 

Watch here the full recordings of the Second Session of the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI

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

Review here the Revised Issues Paper on Intellectual Property Policy and Artificial Intelligence containing the results of the public consultation launched after the first session. 

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Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

AIPPI Essay Prize


As it was announced here, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) is calling for submissions for the AIPPI Essay Prize

The theme of this year’s competition is COVID-19 and its impact on the world of IP

There are two prizes for AIPPI members and one for IP students. The first prize is 2,000 Swiss francs and complimentary registration for the AIPPI World Congress. The winners of the second and the student prize will receive 1,000 Swiss francs. The winning essays will be available on the AIPPI website. 

Complete submissions (the essay in English and the entry form) must be sent to publications@aippi.org before 1 September 2020 (5 pm CEST). 

Review here more information about the competition. 

Update (2 September 2020): AIPPI extended the deadline to 15 September 2020.


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Thursday, 13 August 2020

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Reminder: today is the deadline to submit your application for the National Patent Drafting Workshop


As it was announced here, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) will hold the National Patent Drafting Workshop from 17 to 21 August 2020

The online workshop is addressed to researchers and academics of universities, technology transfer and research centres. 

The course aims to foster innovation by improving the skills of patent applicants. The free workshop is limited to 80 participants.

Today is the deadline to submit your application here. Likewise, the universities or centres must send an email to impi.eventos5@impi.gob.mx to endorse the submissions. 

More information here


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Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Patricia Covarrubia

Brazil – the exemption saga continues, and rightholders face the second wave of menaces to their rights

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Not long ago, we wrote about some concerning attempts by the Brazilian Political power to menace copyright and collective management (more info here). Among grave concerns, rightholders have fought and won, provisionally, against two Provisional Measures - Medida Provisória (MPs)) that would have had a huge impact for the creative and artistic community: MP 907/19 (here - aimed to exempt hotel rooms and cruise ships from the payment of copyright royalties) and an amendment to MP 948/2020 (here and here - stating that it would no longer be the promoter of live music events to be responsible for obtaining the due licensing from rightholders. Instead, it shifts the responsibility to the artist, that is, the one responsible for acquiring copyright licenses. Moreover, it noted that the amount payable for live shows would be 5% of the artist’s collection for the show). These measures could damage the balance between EU and Brazilian copyright markets, taking into account the provisions of the Infosoc Directive (namely article 3(1)) and Rafael Hotels CJEU ruling and case-law thereto related and, unfortunately, we have to write about this again. The fact was that at the end, MP 907/19 is no longer in place as this was converted into Law: Lei nº 14.002 22/05/2020, minus exempting hotel rooms and cruise ships from the payment of copyright royalties – a battle won. The second MP, that of 948/2020 was also another battle won as the matter of shifting the responsibility does not appear in the final text. 

It seems that enough is not enough, so now another dangerous piece of law, at least for rightholders, is proposed. We are talking about the “new” PL 3968/1997 (here) (PL stands for Projecto lei – Project Law) that basically aims to exempt public bodies and philanthropic entities of paying royalties for the use of musical and literary-musical works at events promoted by them. Having been filed for approval in 1997, it just stayed there for around 20 years, being discussed in several copyright and culture commissions, but never so close to being approved as of today. On July 29th, 2020, some MEPs filed the urgency proceedings for approval of this PL, which means that deep and sector-driven detailed discussions would not be possible, jeopardizing rightholders’ possibility for a balanced discussion.

There is a major concern that such measures, namely exempting all public bodies from paying copyright royalties would violate Brazil’s obligations under the international treaties. So deep and concerning is the measure (the PL) that on August 8th 2020 we saw a massive aggregation movement against such PL, in a letter (here) jointly signed by the Music and AV sector, collective management organizations, Music Publishers (including Indies), AV industry, IP Academics, Gaming industry, TV and Radio Associations, Magazine Publishers and many others, as it was never seen before. In the music field, and according to ECAD, the total loss can reach R$ 431 million (€ 68 million) annually in public performance rights for authors, performers, musicians, record companies, and publishers. 

Also, a resurge of the MP 907/19 but now under PL 3392/2020 (here), menaces again the rightholders sector, as it will again try to exempt hotel rooms and ships cruises from paying copyright. Would be any better way to kill copyright? as we know, exempting public bodies from paying copyright royalties and then exempting the Hotel and Cruise private sectors will diminish copyright. Things can even get worse as another Proposal (PL 2517/2020 -
here) is now attempting to approve the suspension of copyright payments for local broadcasters during the Covid-19 pandemic. The truth is that Brazil is one of the most affected countries in the world by the pandemic and its cultural and artistic sectors are suffering losses that were never felt before. We are facing challenging times and the current turmoil will surely not get better if all the hereinabove mentioned measures are approved. Free access to content will mean, sooner or later, the death of content creators. 

Post written by David Serras Pereira
Licensing and International Manager at Unison. Head of IP at JGSA Law 
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