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IPR SME Helpdesk for Latin America

IPR SME Helpdesk for Latin America

From 7 July, the Mercosur IPR Helpdesk has considerably expanded its services to include more than 18 Latin American countries, including Mexico, Colombia and Peru. This change is reflected in the Helpdesk’s new name, the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk. Chile, Brazil, Argentina and the rest of the Mercosur countries will also be covered by […]

Paraguay on the Watch List in 2014

Paraguay on the Watch List in 2014

The United States welcomes Paraguay`s improvement for IPR protections and the signing by the President Cartes of the implementing regulation for Law 4798, 2012, that created the National Directorate of Intellectual Property DINAPI. According to the 2014 Special 301 Report the Directorate is the authority in Paraguay in charge of the issuance and protection of […]

Barbados is on the Watch List in 2014

Barbados is on the Watch List in 2014

The major concern about Barbados, presented in the Special 301 Report for 2014 is “the interception and re transmission of United States cable programming by local cable operators and the refusal of local TV and radio broadcasters and cable/satellite operators to pay for public performances of music”. Consequently, The United States expects Barbados to undertake effective […]

Jamaica is on the Watch List in 2014

Jamaica is on the Watch List in 2014

The 2014 Special 301 Report states: “The United States continues to encourage Jamaica to pass the long-awaited Patent and Designs Act. In the area of copyright, Jamaica is one of several Caribbean countries with deficiencies related to protection and enforcement. For several years, Jamaica has been identified by rights holders as one of the region’s […]

Ecuador is on the Watch List in 2014

Ecuador is on the Watch List in 2014

According to the 2014 Special 301 Report: “Ecuador’s Institute for Intellectual Property (IEPI) has undertaken public awareness efforts to attempt to address the rampant IP theft occurring in Ecuador, including at La Bahia, a 2013 Notorious Market”.  However there still are disturbing points in the IPR enforcement in Ecuador, including de-criminalization of IPR infringement, high […]

Costa Rica is on the Watch List in 2014

Costa Rica is on the Watch List in 2014

The supporting points for Costa Rica`s progress in the IPR area are presented in the Special 301 Report. These are: links between certain IPR infringement and organized crime, issues related to pharmaceutical patents, geographical indications registrations, the need of administrative and legislative reforms, non-licensed software use (including the government), too long term for Internet services […]

Bolivia is on the Watch List in 2014

Bolivia is on the Watch List in 2014

The United States notes the efforts of Bolivian Government regarding public awareness and enforcement, but states that the problems with piracy and counterfeiting in that direction remain.  According to the US, Bolivia should undertake actions for improving the intellectual property rights enforcement and strive to conform to the neighbor countries` authorities for better intellectual property […]

Argentina remains on the Priority Watch List in 2014

Argentina remains on the Priority Watch List in 2014

USTR reminds that Argentina is on the Priority Watch List since 1996. US notes the “little” progress of Argentina the past year, but gives the following statement for the country’s development in the IP sphere, where US concerns for intellectual property laws enforcement prevail:” high levels of piracy and counterfeiting, including in the digital environment, […]

CIOPORA AGM 2014 in The Hague: Ornamental and Fruit Breeders Define the Association’s Future IP Position

CIOPORA AGM 2014 in The Hague: Ornamental and Fruit Breeders Define the Association’s Future IP Position

Hamburg, March 11/2014 Many of the ornamental and fruit breeders, united in CIOPORA since 1961, have been writing the history of the breeding industry for more than a century. On April 1 and 2, 2014, CIOPORA members will also receive an opportunity to define its future by providing their input to the texts of the […]

Anheuser-Busch triumphed against Budweiser Budvar in Argentina

Anheuser-Busch triumphed against Budweiser Budvar in Argentina

The dispute among both breweries comes from a long time ago, and even it was spoken about an acquisition attempt in the beginning of the nineties. Budejovicky Budvar says that is entitled of using the name Budweiser, because it refers to Ceske Budejovice’s Czech city, known as Budweis in German. While Anheuser-Busch affirms that it […]

Geographical Indications for Agricultural and Food Products

Geographical Indications for Agricultural and Food Products

The Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing has issued Resolution No. 546/2011, published in the Official Gazette on September 8, 2011 and approved the distinctive signs which will form part of the labels and/or packaging of agricultural and food products identifying Argentine Geographical Indications and Appellations of Origin registered in accordance with Law No. 25,380 […]

The debate about the application of a private copying levy has been postponed

The debate about the application of a private copying levy has been postponed

After a request of the Executive Power, the Senate postponed the treatment of a bill that tried to establish a levy (also known as blank media tax) charged on purchases of recordable media that allow the copy of intellectual works. After the warning emitted by the Ministry of the Economy on the potential negative impact […]

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