Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A sign of the times -- or assign of the times? Venezuela at last allows recordal of deals with applications

Following the withdrawal of Venezuela from the Andean Community, its Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) decided to revert to that country's Industrial Property Law of 1955. Since no regulations were promulgated under that law for the assignment of pending trade mark and patent applications, it transpired that their assignment was no longer admissible. Accordingly, until a trade mark or patent is actually granted and recorded on the register, there is no property right but only a petition to grant a property right -- and only property rights (ie registered patents and trade marks) could be assigned.

On 31 March of this year the Venezuelan Autonomous Intellectual Property Service (SAPI) published a notice indicating that, owing to business dynamics, and the fact that IP rights are property of a private nature, the applicant for a patent or trade mark registration has a priority right. Thus, since 9 April 2014 (when that notice became effective) , SAPI has allowed the recordal of assignments or any other changes of ownership (merger or change of names) against pending applications.

Source: "Trademark Office Now Accepts Assignment of Pending Applications", by Richard N. Brown (De Sola Pate & Brown Abogados--Consultores, Caracas), published in the INTA Bulletin, 1 July 2014 Vol. 69 No. 12, which contains further details and welcomes this change.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

ABPI 34th Congress: coming soon

The 34th International Intellectual Property Congress of ABPI, the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association, takes place this year at the WTC, São Paulo, Brazil, from 24 to 26 August 2014. This year's theme is "Intellectual Property as a Driver for Economic Growth, Industrial Competitiveness and Investment Attraction". 

O Congresso deste ano debaterá, sob vários ângulos, a propriedade intelectual como fator de desenvolvimento econômico do país. Precedido por reuniões das 14 Comissões de Estudo da Associação e workshops inéditos, que ocorrerão nos dias 22 e 23 de agosto, serão objeto de debate nos diversos painéis e plenárias do Congresso, os seguintes temas:
  • Abertura de capital e outros mecanismos de financiamento dos projetos de inovação
  • Importância econômica da indústria intensiva em conhecimento e Propriedade
  • Intelectual no Brasil
  • Empresas de base tecnológica  e Empresas com centros de pesquisa e desenvolvimento
  • Acervos digitais e acesso ao patrimônio cultural
  • Marcas fluidas (“fluid trade marks”)
  • IP Markets – O novo mercado de licenciamento e comercialização de tecnologia – como identificar casos de patent trolls
  • Games como modelos de negócio
  • Novos nomes de domínio – Uso de marcas como top level domain names 
  • Evoluções nos Desenhos Industriais
  • Crowdsourcing e seus desafios na Propriedade Intelectual
  • A ANCINE e Distribuição de conteúdo audiovisual pela internet
  • Reivindicações de patentes implementadas por programas de computador
  • Lojas virtuais e Propriedade Intelectual – venda de produtos falsificados e uso de marcas de terceiros
  • O valor das marcas que deixam de ser usadas após fusões e aquisições e estratégias de mercado
For further information and registration, click here for details.

Ranking 2014 de las Marcas Mexicanas más Valiosas


La consultora Interbrand acaba de publicar la edición de 2014 de las mejores y más valoradas marcas de México.

Los rankings de Interbrand se han convertido en uno de los estudios de mayor referencia para CEOs, dueños de las marcas, líderes de opinión a nivel mundial, así como para todo aquel vinculado con la Propiedad Industrial e Intelectual.

En este estudio, se ha analizado la evolución de las grandes marcas de México, su importancia y desempeño en el entorno económico actual así como en el mediano y largo plazo identificar el progreso en la gestión de marcas y aquellas tendencias y prácticas que están influenciando la relación entre las marcas y los consumidores.

Este año el Ranking es encabezado por Telcel (telecomunicaciones), Corona (bebidas), Telmex (telecomunicaciones), Oxxo (retail) y Bimbo (alimentación).

El Ranking de las 25 marcas más valiosas puede consultarse aquí, y el informe completo aquí.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

GLAMOUR fends off potentially confusing mark in Argentina

In Vi Da Producciones SA v Advanced Magazine Publishers Inc (Court Files 432/07 and 4392/09, May 13 2014), the Civil and Commercial Federal Court of Appeals, Argentina, refused an application to register the words TENDENCIA GLAMOUR DISEÑO VANGUARDIA as a trade mark in Nice Classes 16, 35, 38 and 41, following an opposition by Advanced Magazine Publishers Inc, the owner of the registered trade mark GLAMOUR.

Said the court, the two marks shared the word ‘glamour’ -- but the addition of  the words ‘tendencia’, ‘diseño’ and ‘vanguardia’ did not confer distinctiveness on Vi Da's mark. It was recognised that, in the fashion and beauty sectors, products are usually identified with terms that are apparently “weak”, but which -- when used in these sectors -- may gain strength and recognition. This was the case with GLAMOUR, which was a well-known trade mark in the fashion and publication sectors. Accordingly, TENDENCIA GLAMOUR DISEÑO VANGUARDIA would evoke the magazine owned by the owner of the earlier mark and would mislead consumers into believing that it had started to publish another fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine. Registration of the mark applied for would thus lead to confusion regarding the source of the publication.

Source: "Advanced Magazine Publishers prevents registration of mark containing 'glamour'" by Fernando Noetinger (Noetinger & Armando, Buenos Aires), written for World Trademark Review, 3 July 2014

Friday, 4 July 2014

Pisco: ensuring its authenticity

The Peruvian Institute for the Defence of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) informs the seized of more than 7000 bottles filled with liquor that exhibited the denomination of origin (DO) ‘Pisco’ without having such authorization.INDECOPI can prosecute cases of DO misuse with fines.

Through the Directorate of Distinctive Signs and the Supervision and Auditing Administrative office, the goods were seized at a customs warehouse in a Peruvian Port Terminal as part of a case against the manufacturer of the product which was intended for exports.

Back in 2011 INDECOPI awarded to the National Association of Producers of Pisco, the authorization to operate as the Regulator of the said DO. The Regulatory Council guides, monitors and control the production and processing of Pisco. Moreover, if a manufacturer wants to use a DO, it needs to be authorized by the Directorate of Distinctive Signs at INDECOPI.

Some facts about Pisco as a DO:
• Chile and Peru has disputed the DO Pisco for many years --one of the main differences between the spirit is the alcohol content.
• In 2013, after more than a decade of litigation, El Salvador (Supreme Court) ruled in Peru’s favour agains Chile in the proceedings regarding the legitimate use of pisco as a DO. The judgment annulled the 2005 decision of a lower court which recognized Pisco as a DO originating from Chile.
• In 2009, Malasia recognized Pisco as a DO from Peru.
• Trade agreement between Chile and Nicaragua recognized Pisco as a DO from Chile.
• Trade agreement between Peru and Costa Rica recognized Pisco as a DO from Peru.
• Trade Agreement between Peru and the EU recognized Pisco as a DO from Peru.
• In 2013, the EU registered Pisco as a DO from Peru. However, there is a note which acknowledged a previous (2002)Trade Agreement between Chile and the EU in which Pisco was recognized as a DO from Chile! Therefore, the note clarifies that the protection granted to "Pisco" as a DO to Peru does not hinder the use of that name for products originating in Chile.