ARGENTINA, BRAZIL and MEXICO: IP News March- April 2019


IP News March- April 2019

Throughout the month of March and the beginning of April, several IP developments have occurred in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico regarding the protection of your Intellectual Property rights that may be of your interest.

In Argentina, following the amendments introduced in the Trademark Law by Decree 27/2018 and the subsequent Law 27,444, on April 3, 2019, the Decree 242/2019 was published in the Official Gazette. This decree regulates the amended Law 22,362 on Trademarks and Designations and it will be in force as of June 3, 2019. In addition, on March 19, Argentina and Denmark held a Business Conference where the Argentine National Institute of Industrial Property and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office signed an Agreement for the establishment of a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program for the applications filed in both Offices. Finally, on April 25, the INPI Resolution 98/2019 was published in the Official Gazette, which establishes that the National Patent Administration will grant three automatic and consecutive extensions of 30 consecutive days in each case, for the answer of the examinations, preliminary technical background examination and report prior to the final resolution.

In Brazil, the Parliament approved on April 4, the government's proposal to adhere to the Madrid Protocol.

Lastly, in Mexico, the Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) revoked the guidelines on health control of cannabis and its derivatives. Likewise, as a consequence of the amendments to the Intellectual Property Law issued on May 2018, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) carries out the notification through the Intellectual Property Gazette of resolutions, requirements and other procedures related to trademarks, patents, designs and utility models applications.  read more