09/15/22 – Consumer Law
The consumer protection authority in Brazil banned the sale of the iPhone 12 and all subsequent models that do not include chargers. This decision stems from an investigation initiated by the authority after observing that since 2020 Apple stopped including chargers with its cell phones with the argument of seeking to reduce its carbon footprint. The authority concluded that this measure is discriminatory to consumers for selling at normal price an incomplete product and that it puts the burden on the consumer to purchase a second product essential for the operation of the cell phone. This order adds to the precautionary measures adopted by a Colombian judge prohibiting the marketing of some Apple product references for alleged infringement of a patent covering a part of the 5G standard in Colombia.
09/15/22 – Innovation, Protection and Technology transfer
Alpina has invested almost US 11 million in science, technology and research in the last year. In fact, Alpina’s Chief Innovation Officer stated that 12% of its sales are the result of its innovative products developed with an intellectual property management system that was designed with OlarteMoure’s guidance. As part of Alpina’s strategic alliance efforts, the company has also formed 17 partnerships with public entities, international and national universities, and startups. Thanks to the management of its intellectual property rights and the promotion of a culture of innovation, Alpina ranks as the third most innovative company in Colombia in the ANDI Innovation Ranking.
09/15/22 – Entertainment Law
In Colombia cultural industries contributed 5.82 billion Colombian pesos to national economy in 2021. In the last two years, more than 59 audiovisual productions created in Colombia have streamed on platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, and Apple TV. These projects have generated 1.3 billion Colombian pesos in the last two years and provided more than 20,000 jobs. Promoting national territory as an audiovisual destination and as a location, through the creation of the Film Development Fund and the Film Investment Certificates, has benefitted series, music videos, video games, advertising audiovisual productions, and post productions. According to the data provided by the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), last year orange economy constituted 2,61% GDP of Colombia. The quality of its audiovisual productions boosted the economy and confirmed Colombia’s position as a major player in this industry. Original source in Spanish.