14 February, 2019

United States: Merck granted U.S. patent for Blockchain technology

Merck, a German science and technology company, announced the grant of U.S. Patent No. 10.193.695. The patent relates to the creation of ‘crypto-objects’, an innovative security procedure […]
13 February, 2019

Germany: The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple remains

The Munich Regional Court initially decided to impose a partial ban on iPhone sales in Germany on 20 December 2018, thus awarding a win to Qualcomm. […]
12 February, 2019

United States: The U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues New Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The U.S Patent and Trademark Office USPTO issued the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance. This Guidance evaluate the eligibility of patent claims. The new guide: […]
11 February, 2019

Colombia: Arts and Crafts industry in Colombia may now register their work online

The Colombian Copyright Office (DNDA) and the Arts and Crafts Public Association (Artesanías de Colombia) have decided to sign agreement ADC-2018-497 allowing artisans to register their works online […]
8 February, 2019

Belgium: Brussels Commercial Court allows the operation of UberX

The Brussels Commercial Court has decided that UberX is not a taxi service, thereby abiding by Brussels’  legal framework. The decision was taken in the framework […]
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 […]
17 January, 2019

Colombia – Virgin Mobile Colombia S.A.S. is ordered to abstain from issuing and disclosing advertising campaigns that violate fundamental rights

On 21 December 2018, the Consumer Protection Office ordered Virgin Mobile Colombia S.A.S. to immediately abstain from issuing and disseminating advertising campaigns that violate fundamental rights, such […]