7 February, 2019

Colombia: Call to participate in the “iNNpulsa” Colombia program

The Business Growth Management Unit of the Colombian Government “INNpulsa” is looking for 30 large and medium-sized companies to participate in the “Mega-i” program. With “Mega-i”, these […]
5 February, 2019

Colombia: Facebook Colombia is summoned by Colombian National Authority on Data Protection (SIC)

The Colombian National Authority on Data Protection (SIC) issued a preventive measureby means of which it ordered Facebook to: i) adopt new measures and improve existing […]
4 February, 2019

Brazil & Japan: The Brazilian Patent Office (BRPTO) and The Japan Patent Office (JPO) signed Phase II of PPH

The new phase of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program will come into effect on 1 April 2019. The main features of the PPH include: i) the […]
1 February, 2019

Colombia: Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC), national authority for technical regulations and metrology, imposes administrative sanction in excess of COP 1 billion on “Conduit” pipe importers

The authority imposed administrative sanctions on Improelectric Cali S.A.S, Cameleco S.A.S and Mr. Segundo Isaac Peña Hernández, importers of “Conduit”, a metallic pipe for electrical use, based […]
31 January, 2019

Argentina and Chile: The benefits of the Chile-Argentina free trade agreement

Chile and Argentina have formalized a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Its implementation will allow greater participation of Argentina with the Pacific Alliance. Additionally, it will benefit exporters […]
30 January, 2019

Colombia: The deadline for public entities, to register their database in the National Database Registry (RNBD), ends 31 /01/ 2019

Decree 090 of 2018 created different deadlines for certain corporations, non-profit entities and government entities for them to mandatorily register their databases in the National Database […]
29 January, 2019

United States: Keurig faces antitrust suit for abuse of monopoly power -McLane Company, Inc. v. Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

According to the antitrust lawsuit filed in the New York Southern District Court, against Keurig Green Mountain, the latter is driving up prices and abusing its […]
28 January, 2019

European union: McDonald’s loses EU trademark for “Big Mac”

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) cancelled the McDonald’s exclusive use of the “Big Mac” trademark around Europe. The EUIPO ruled that McDonald´s had not proven […]
25 January, 2019

United States: Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Operating Status During Government Shutdown

During the last days, United States have experienced a Federal Government shutdown. This will continue until the Government finds a solution.  However, the United States Patent […]
24 January, 2019

Peru: Trade Association and Free Competition Draft Guide

On 28 December 2018, the Peruvian Competition Office (INDECOPI), published the Trade Association and Free Competition Draft Guide. The draft Guide identifies common trade practices that facilitate […]
23 January, 2019

Colombia: New Law (1949) modifies the General Social Security System

On 8 January 2019, the Colombian Government enacted Law 1949 of 2019 by means of which the General Social Security Health System was partially reformed. The new […]
22 January, 2019

Top 10 Worldwide Science and Technology Hotspots

Based on the number of scientific publications and WIPO PCT international patent applications, between 2012 and 2016, the 10 hotspots with the most inventive activity and scientific […]
21 January, 2019

Colombia: The National Authority for Competition (SIC) authorizes merger between WALT DISNEY and TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX

After reviewing documents submitted by DISNEY COMPANY COLOMBIA S.A and FOX CHANNELS COLOMBIA LTDA, the national authority for Competition (SIC) decided to authorize the merger, requested by […]
18 January, 2019

Ecuador: Draft for the second debate of the Organic Health Code Project

The Government of Ecuador continues working for the second debate of the Organic Health Code bill. As consequence, the Government has issued a draft of the […]
16 January, 2019

Peru: Indecopi fines the city of Tacna for unfair competition

On 5 January 2018, the Peruvian Office for Competition Affairs (Indecopi) sanctioned the City of Tacna for acts of unfair competition, with a fine close to […]
15 January, 2019

Spain: Spanish trademark law reform goes into effect

On 27 December 2018, the Spanish Government enacted Royal Decree Law 23/2018, which reforms the current Trademark Law. This reform shall go into effect on January 14, […]
9 January, 2019

Colombia: YouTube Lounge at the Cartagena International Music Festival

The International Music Festival of Cartagena will take place from January 4 to 13, where, among other things, YouTube will be present as an allied platform for Colombian artists, […]
8 January, 2019

Colombia: Deadline expires for Public Entities to register Public Databases

On 23 November 2018, the Olarte Moure Weekly Digest informed that on 30 November 2018 the deadline for companies and non-profit entities to register their databases […]
17 December, 2018

Colombia: Competition Office and the President of Colombia ratify their commitment to free competition and free enterprise

The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC in Spanish) turned 50 years.  As part of the celebration, the Office ratified its commitment to consumer protection, free enterprise […]
14 December, 2018

CLARIFICATION ASIPI- New Executive Committee for the 2018 – 2021 term

Please find below our revised article published 30 November 2018 in our OM Weekly Digest. The Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI) held its XX Congress […]