13 December, 2018

Latin America: Latin American countries sign Letter on interests in leniency program to fight business cartels

On 28 November 2018, Competition Authorities of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru signed a letter in Paris stating the importance of using the Leniency program to […]
12 December, 2018

North America: New agreement between Mexico, United States and Canada

On 30 November 2018, the Canada – United States – Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) was signed, which replaces the NAFTA agreement. The next step is congress approval in […]
11 December, 2018

Colombia: Superintendence of Industry and Commerce plans to extend the validity of Resolution containing technical regulations of metrological control in pre-packaged products

Superintendence of Industry and Commerce proposed a bill to extend the validity of Resolution 16379 of June 18 2003, whereby the technical regulations applicable to the metrological […]
10 December, 2018

CAN – Andean Community approves Decision that harmonizesquality and health safety standards of marketed cosmetics in the region.

On 26 November 2018, the Andean Community approved Decision 833, which will come into force 26 November 2019.  This Decision will harmonizequality standards of cosmetic products originating […]
30 November, 2018

Colombia: Changes are afoot in the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce

The Superintendent of Industry and Commerce, Andrés Barreto, commented on the upcoming changes within the entity.  With these changes the trademark and patent office seeks to review […]
29 November, 2018

Peru: Indecopi reminds merchants that price rounding must be in favor of consumers for cash payments

On 16 November 2018, the Peruvian Consumer Protection Office (Indecopi in Spanish) stated that in light of the Central Reserve Bank’s (BCR in Spanish) disposition to […]
28 November, 2018

Colombia: More than 85 thousand counterfeit products were seized in different cities

On 15 November 2018, the National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute (INVIMA in Spanish) issued a statement announcing the confiscation of more than 85,000 fraudulent products that […]
27 November, 2018

European Union: Flavors of food products cannot be copyrighted

On 13 November 2018, the European Court of Justice advised decision C-310/17 for case Levola Hengelo BV/Smilde Foods BV. In the decision, the Court finds that the flavor […]
26 November, 2018

Venezuela: Expiration of ratification of administrative resources and cancellation actions to avoid loss of rights in proceedings

On 4 November 2018, the 588 Official Gazette of the Venezuelan Industrial Property Registry was published comprised of Sixteen Volumes and 21 Administrative Resolutions. Through this bulletin, […]
23 November, 2018

Colombia: Producers and directors in Colombia against Film Funding Bill

On 8 November 2018, the members of the Colombian Association of independent film producers (ASOCINDE in Spanish) sent a letter to the lawmakers behind the Film Funding […]
22 November, 2018

Peru: Peru will enter the Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) of the World Intellectual Property Organization

On 8 November 2018, the Intellectual Property Office of Peru (INDECOPI in Spanish) announced that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will technically assist the Government of […]
21 November, 2018

Colombia: Regulatory Authority must compensate woman for PIP implants

The Court of Cundinamarca ordered the Regulatory Authority (INVIMA in Spanish) to pay a woman compensation of 40 monthly minimum wages , for irregularities in the health […]
20 November, 2018

Colombia: MEDICAMENTOS Y EQUIPOS fined for hiking medication prices in excess of established caps

On 6 November 2018, the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC in Spanish) imposed a sanction to MEDICAMENTOS & EQUIPOS COLOMBIA S.A.S. for not complying with Circular 01 […]
19 November, 2018

Brazil: The Brazilian Patent Office publishes Resolution regarding the use of examinations from other countries

On 30 October 2018, the Brazilian Patent Office published Resolution No. 227/2018establishing that the result of searches carried out in other Patent Offices worldwide could be […]
9 November, 2018

Colombia: Extension of Triclosan and Triclocarban-containing inventory clearance deadline

On 5 October 2018, through Resolution No. 2025 of 2018, the Andean Community decided to extend the Triclosan and Triclocarban-containing inventory clearance deadline. Clearance was established […]
8 November, 2018

Mexico: FOX Sports announced the first anti-piracy workshop dedicated specifically to sports in Latin America

On 20 and 21 February 2019, Fox Sports will hold the first anti-piracy workshop dedicated specifically to sports in Latin America.  The workshop will take place […]
7 November, 2018

Colombia: Changes in fee amounts under the Madrid Protocol

As of January 1, 2019, the amounts of the individual fee payable with respect to Colombia will change. The new amounts can be found in WIPO’s announcement […]
6 November, 2018

Colombia: Bill creating the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation one debate away from becoming reality

The bill creating a new Ministry in Colombia to promote innovation, science and technology, is one step away from becoming a reality. With 10 votes in […]
2 November, 2018

México: Mezcal producers required IMPI to prevent states with no Mezcal tradition from obtaining a protected designation of origin

In August 2018, some mezcal producers protested against the Intellectual Property Office (IMPI in Spanish) to prevent the inclusion of Morelos, the State of Mexico and Aguascalientes […]
1 November, 2018

Argentina: New rules in Argentina regarding sworn certification of the Spanish translation of priority documents for patent applications

In January 2018, the Government of Argentina issued the Decree 27 of 2018, which simplified several administrative procedures.  Among these, it eliminated the obligation to provide […]