1 June, 2018

Brasil-USA PPH enters into Stage II

On 8 May 2018, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI in Portuguese), issued Resolution 218/2018, through which started Stage II of the Patent Prosecution Highway Agreement […]
31 May, 2018

EU’s GDPR: on the eve of its entry into force, Mark Zuckerberg met with the European Parliament

On 22 May 2018, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO) attended the European Parliament, in order to answer the questions posed by several representatives of the European Union (EU) […]
30 May, 2018

Argentina approved a new Antitrust Law

On 9 May 2018, Argentina approved its new Antitrust Law (N° 27.442).  The law will seek to provide greater control over abusive practices and dominant companies, and […]
29 May, 2018

Colombian Trademark Office declared the notoriety of Noel’s TOSH trademark in cookies

On 30 April 2018 (y by means of Resolution 33.705/2018), the Colombian Trademark Office recognized the notoriety of the TOSH sign (requested by Compañía de Galletas Noel, […]
28 May, 2018

Mexico updates its Industrial Property Law on Trademarks

On 18 May 2018, the Mexican Congress made public the Amendments and Additions to the Industrial Property Regime in Trademarks, introducing important modifications to prosecution and opposition […]
24 May, 2018

Colombian Corporate Authority imposed sanction on company by obstructing an investigation into the occurrence of bribes at transnational level

On 9 March 2018 -and according to El Tiempo newspaper-, Colombian Corporate Authority (Superintendencia de Sociedades in Spanish) sanctioned Vram Holding Company with COP $ 155 million […]
23 May, 2018

Colombian Antitrust Authority fines “IPS UNIVERSITARIA” for the sale of medicines above the maximum prices established

On 10 May 2018, the Colombian Antitrust Office (SIC in Spanish) fined fined the Healthcare Institution (IPS in Spanish) IPS UNIVERSITARIA for selling during a year 10 medicines exceeding the […]
22 May, 2018

Mexico adheres to Convention 108 of the Council of Europe for data processing

On 26 April 2018, the Mexican Senateapproved the country’s adherence to the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing […]
21 May, 2018

OECD’s Trade Committee authorizes Colombia’s accession: a final approval would be given by the end of the month

On 16 May 2018, the OECD’s Trade Committee gave its approval to the Colombia’s accession in that organization. Despite the objections made in terms of compliance with […]
18 April, 2018

For Copyright infringement, Peru suspends “3 Reyes” World Cup album sale

On 6 April 2018, the Copyright Office of Peru (INDECOPI in Spanish) imposed cessation precautionary measures against Capri Internacional S.A. y 3.0 Consulting Group S.A.C., ordering the […]
17 April, 2018

Domains with .app extension now can be registered

Starting 29 March 2018, Google opened the first stage of registration for .app domains, which means that domain names under that extension can be registered from […]
16 April, 2018

Colombia was chosen by WIPO and WEF as a pilot country for Inventor Assistance Program

On 6 April 2018, the Colombian Patent Office (SIC in Spanish) informed that inventors without monetary resource will have the possibility of contacting specialized lawyers who […]
13 April, 2018

Ecuadorian Office of Intellectual Property is transformed: it will retain competence over all IP matters

In the next months (and as result of Decree 356 issuance –which took place on 3 April 2018- ), the Ecuadorian Patent and Trademark Office (IEPI in Spanish) was […]
15 March, 2018

European Commission investigates Visa for allegedly excessive charges to tourists who use their credit cards in the European Union

On 27 February 2018, Visa has been battling accusations that it charges tourists excessive fees when they use their cards in the European Union.  In the next […]
14 March, 2018

International clothing brands are accused of plagiarizing Mexican indigenous embroidery designs

On 26 February 2018, approximately eight clothing brands were accused of having plagiarized designs of indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Hidalgo (Mexico). These brands (within which […]
13 March, 2018

The Andean Community will update Decision 516 of 2002, on cosmetic products

On 28 February 2018, the Colombian Regulatory Authority (INVIMA in Spanish) informed that the Andean Community (CAN in Spanish) formulated a draft decision on the updating of […]
12 March, 2018

USPTO’s PTAB: Indigenous autonomy does not apply to patents and intellectual property issues

On 23 February 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO determined that indigenous autonomy does not apply to patents and intellectual property matters. […]
9 March, 2018

Colombian Copyright Office condemned a TV service provider for infringing the rights of audiovisual producers represented by a Collective Management Organization

On 7 February 2018, Colombia’s Copyright Office issued a decision in a lawsuit promoted by a Collective Management Organization (EGEDA COLOMBIA), against a TV service provider (CABLETELCO […]
8 March, 2018

Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 billion hepatitis C drug patent verdict

On 17 February 2018, a USD $2.54 billion verdict against Gilead infringement related with Merck Hep-C patents was overturned. In the first instance judgment –occurred on December […]
6 March, 2018

American judge considers that one of Taylor Swift’s songs lacks originality and creativity

On 13 February 2018, a Federal District Court Judge in Los Angeles dismissed a copyright infringement case against Taylor Swift.  In his opinion, the allegedly infringing lyrics used by […]