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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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