IP KEY LATIN AMERICA – ANNUAL WORK PLAN

The current Annual Work Plan 2 - 2023 (AWP2) covers an implementation period of 12 months, from 1 January to 31 December 2023, and consists of 21 activities, all contributing to the key results of the action.

The distribution of activities in the AWP2, according to the priorities identified and the areas of concern in the LA countries, focuses on enforcement (19 %). In addition, the AWP2 focuses on Cross-IP, trade marks and designs, geographical indications, plant varieties, copyrights and patents. It is worth mentioning that several ‘cross IP’ and ‘enforcement’ activities cover the abovementioned IPRs.

The AWP2 - 2023 is seen as an opportunity to dedicate more resources to the creation of great value deliverables, while also providing the basis for subsequent actions.

Accordingly, as outlined below, the majority of the 2023 activities will have sub-regional coverage, thanks to the possibility of using new technologies, such as teleconferencing and videoconferencing.

 

Activities time table (tentative)

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

No.

Activity description

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

CROSS-IP

22

Participation of the EU as a Guest of Honor in the Guadalajara International Book Fair

                       

21

Regular monitoring of IP Chapter Commitments

                       

17

Support to the implementation of the modernised Intellectual Property Law in El Salvador

                       

19

Study on the contribution of IPR to economic performance and employment in Colombia

                       

15

Roving seminars on the importance of IPRs for Business

                       

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS

3

Geographical indications for Andean countries: Challenges and Opportunities

                       

4

Seminar on Geographical Indications for MERCOSUR.

                       

5

Seminar on Geographical Indications for Chile.

                       

PVP

12

Seminar on Plant Varieties in Ecuador

                       

16

Webinar on Plant Varieties enforcement

                       

PATENTS

2

Workshop on patents examination: Medical Patents

                       

TRADE MARKS AND DESIGNS

18

Workshop on trade marks: best practices on bad faith and colour marks

                       

1

Workshops to promote convergence of practices and tools

                       

10

Study visit to support International Treaties

                       

11

Studies in support of International Treaties

                       

13

Development of common guidelines on Designs for CAN

                       

ENFORCEMENT

23

Sub-regional seminar on the Enforcement of IP Rights for Police Investigators and Prosecutors

                       

6

Enforcement week -Forum on Enforcement in the digital world

                       

7

Enforcement week – Seminar on border enforcement in MERCOSUR

                       

8

Enforcement week - Seminar for judges

                       

20

Video about Enforcement targeted to Brazil

                       

COPYRIGHTS

9

Webinar for Chilean IP prosecutors

                       

14

Webinar for Copyright Directors of Andean Countries

                       

Annual Work Plan 3-2024 (AWP3-2024) continues to build on the activities implemented under the four AWPs of the first phase of IP Key LA (1 September 2017 to 31 August 2021) and on the two AWPs of the second phase. 

The AWP3-2024 covers an implementation period of 12 months, from January to December 2024, and comprises 22 activities, The distribution of activities, according to priorities identified and areas of concern in LA countries, is as follows: cross-IP (19 %), trade marks and industrial designs (29 % grouped), enforcement activities (24 %), geographical indications (5 %), plant varieties (10 %), copyright (10 %), and patents (5 %).

The activities of the current work plan have been planned to maximise their impact and volume of reach, concentrating on online activities, hybrid activities, and studies.

 

Activities time table (tentative)

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

No.

Activity description

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

CROSS-IP

22

On-demand support for the implementation of obligations arising from FTAs

                       

19

Regular monitoring of IP Chapter Commitments

                       

14

Webinar on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the field of Copyrights and related rights

                       

21

IP Key LA Closing Event

                       

20

Reporting of follow-up actions to the EU Commission Counterfeit and Piracy List

                       

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS

3

Geographical Indications Workshop in Mexico

                       

PVP

17

Study on the economic and social importance of the flower industry and PVR protection for Ecuador

                       

10

High-level study tour on Plant Variety Protection and its benefits

                       

PATENTS

2

Workshop on patents examination: pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and bioinformatic

                       

TRADE MARKS AND DESIGNS

16

Workshop on trade marks: best practices on position trade marks

                       

1

Workshops to promote convergence of practices and tools

                       

11

Studies in support of International Treaties

                       

12

Workshop to support International Treaties

                       

13

Presentation of studies: 1) Guidelines on Designs for the Andean Community, and 2)Feasibility study for the implementation of an Andean Community trademark

                       

15

Workshops on Designs for examiners

                       

ENFORCEMENT

4

Seminar for judges in El Salvador

                       

5

South America IP Enforcement Summit

                       

6

Enforcement forum for the Andean Community judges and prosecutors

                       

8

Regional seminar on enforcement for IP Prosecutors, Customs and Police Investigators in Costa Rica

                       

9

Sharing best practices with Platforms: sale of counterfeit goods on the internet

                       

COPYRIGHTS

7

Exchange Programs – IP and Cyber Crime (Operation 404)

                       

18

Study for the improvement of regulations in copyright law regarding compliance in the digital environment

                       
01 - 31 Oct - Dec 2024

IP Key LA Closing Event

The main objective of this activity is to inform key stakeholders about the main outcomes of the IP Key LA second phase.

01 - 30 Jun 2024

South America IP Enforcement Summit

The aim of this activity, with the support of INTERPOL, is to support different authorities in the region to carry out operational actions to combat the trade of products that infringe IP laws, pharmaceutical crimes and digital piracy.

01 - 30 Apr 2024

Seminar for judges in El Salvador

During the seminar, presentations and discussions will focus on the most recent techniques and good practices available to law enforcement authorities related to evidence collection, case management, and remedies and orders sought. This will be an interactive, hands-on training activity.

01 - 31 Apr - Jul 2024

Geographical Indications Workshop in Mexico

The activity entails a comprehensive 2-day workshop aimed at preparing Mexico and the EU for the effective implementation of their commitments in the field of GIs under the modernised FTA with the EU.

19 - 20 Mar 2024

Workshop on trade marks: best practices on position trade marks

This activity is a follow up of a series of activities in the field of trade marks included each year in the IP Key AWP, aimed at trade mark examiners, seeking to promote connectable discussions with regard to the Offices’ practices on trade marks in LA countries, to learn the state of the art an

12 - 13 Mar 2024
Online

Training on design examination

The online capacity building activity on design examination is co-organised with the IP cooperation project AL-INVEST Verde IPR and aims to enhance the skills of IP registrars, particularly industrial design examiners, of the IP o

01 - 31 Mar - May 2024

Workshop to support International Treaties

This activity, organised in cooperation with WIPO, consists of a 2-day workshop to support Andean Countries in accessing international treaties.

The workshop will cover:

01 - 31 Jan - Dec 2024

Studies in support of International Treaties

The activity consists of tailor-made studies to assist Uruguay in preparing for the accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), Costa Rica to the accession to the Madrid Protocol, and Argentina to the Vienna Agreement establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements o

01 - 31 Jan - Dec 2024

Exchange Programs – IP and Cyber Crime (Operation 404)

The objective of this activity is to share best practices in the enforcement of copyright infringements, especially those involving cooperation between local authorities defending IP rights, and even cases where there is cooperation between different countries.

01 - 31 Jan - Dec 2024

Workshops to promote convergence of practices and tools

Over the past decade, the EUIPN (national and regional IPOs of the EU, the EUIPO, international partners, and users of the IP system) has created tools and converging practices (CPs) that have shaped the EU trade mark and design system: cutting fees, saving costs, creating numerous trade mark and

27 - 28 Nov 2023

Webinar on Plant Varieties enforcement

In an effort to strengthen the protection of plant variety rights in Latin America, this important webinar took place on November 27th and 28th.

18 - 22 Sep 2023

Study visit to support International Treaties

In order to support Peru, Colombia and Chile in their preparations for possible accession to the Madrid Protocol and the Hague System, representatives from these countries visited the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO - Alicante) and the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM)

06 - 07 Jul 2023

Enforcement week - Seminar for judges

In an effort to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in Latin America, the European Union (EU) participated in a two-day seminar held on 6-7 July 2023 in Brazil.

08 - 09 Jun 2023

Seminar on Plant Varieties in Ecuador

The inaugural seminar on plant varieties in Ecuador, organised by IP Key LA, took place on 8 and 9 June in Tabacundo, the country's flower-growing region.

04 May 2023

Webinar for prosecutors and agents specialised in Intellectual Property

IP Key Latin America co-organised the ‘Webinar for prosecutors and agents specialised in Intellectual Property’ (4 May 2023), together with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the Intellectual Property Crime Investigation Brigade (BRIDEPI - part of the Chilean Invest

01 - 31 Jan - Dec 2023

Workshops to promote convergence of practices and tools

Interactive exchanges with selected LA IPOs, bilaterally or in small groups of IPOs with similar interests, focusing on convergence of examination practices (Common Practices) and IP tools on trademarks and designs, including participation of EU experts and presentations from Latin American count

01 - 31 Jan - Dec 2023

Video about Enforcement targeted to Brazil

This activity would consist of a <3-minute explanatory video to deliver a number of key messages to avoid fakes and choose genuine products instead – especially when it comes to taking care of our health and avoiding supporting criminal organisations.

05 - 13 Dec 2022
Online Forum

Latin American customs officials meet in Mexico and Panama

At the beginning of December, the ‘Workshop for Latin American Customs Officials on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights’ was held in an online and face-to-face format in Mexico and Panama.

29 Nov 2022
Online Forum

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the digital world

With the main objective of presenting success stories and best practices, IP Key Latin America (LA) invited authorities and institutions from all Latin American countries to the forum ‘Enforcement of IP rights in the digital world’.

25 - 26 Oct 2022

Virtual Workshop on Patent Examination

IP Key Latin America (LA) brings together experts from Latin America in the ‘Virtual Workshop on patent examination: computer-implemented inventions, new technologies and trends’.

26 - 27 Sep 2022
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala - Hybrid

Geographical Indications Seminar for Central America

IP Key LA successfully organized the Geographical Indications Seminar for Central America, which took place in the city of Antigua, Guatemala,on September 26 and 27.

01 - 30 Jul - Sep 2022
Online seminar

Workshop on patents examination: new technologies and trends

This activity aims to strengthen the Latin American IPO’s capacity to deal with new technologies (i.e. artificial intelligence) and to increase examiners’ efficiency in this area, as well as to improve their decision predictability for end-users.

01 - 31 Jul - Dec 2022
Online seminar

Workshop on the use of GIs in the market for MCS

This activity will contribute to facilitating the adoption of transitional measures and engagement in rebranding strategies in relation to distinctive signs in conflict with EU GIs. It will favour the expansion of GIs among local producers and raise awareness.

01 - 31 Jul - Dec 2022
Chile - Hybrid

GI Seminar for producers and administrators in Chile

The activity aims to raise operator, stakeholder and authority awareness and knowledge of how to develop and market GIs. Specific market-related issues will be studied, including coexistence with trade marks, focusing on cases related to the phasing out of the use of protected names.

01 - 31 Apr - Dec 2022
Study

Feasibility Study on the establishment of a CAN TM Registration system

This activity, comprising a feasibility study on the possible creation of a CAN trade mark registration system with the aim of evaluating the practicality of developing a CAN regional registration system for trade marks and its benefits for the Andean community, and for the companies operating in

01 - 31 Apr - Dec 2022
Online workshop

Workshops to promote convergence of practices and tools

This workshop will be an opportunity to share experiences on aligning with CPs and to introduce and create a discussion platform with LA countries on the new areas of practice and IP system in which EU IPOs have further converged.

01 - 31 Apr - Dec 2022
Study

Economic impact study for Brazil

This study aims to provide evidence on the economic importance of IPRs for Brazil and to present it in a way that policy makers can easily use it in their work and it can serve as a tool for raising IP awareness among policy-makers and Brazilian citizens.

30 - 31 Mar 2021

Seminars on IP solutions for SMEs working in Latin America

In a technological and social environment that is undergoing major transformations – with a growing tendency towards a data-oriented economy and society, the emergence of AI, and the growing importance of technologies such as blockchain, 3D-printing and the Internet of Things (IoT) – the need for

29 - 30 Mar 2021

Geographical indications for Andean countries

Geographical names, appellations of origin or traditional designations relate to products with specific qualities or characteristics that originate in the geographical environment in which they are produced.

17 - 18 Dec 2020

Third IP Enforcement Week: Judges Symposium

On the 17 18 December, selected judges from courts of the Andean Region as well as IP officials of the Andean IPOs joined the Third IP Enforcement and Governance Week to participate in the Judges Symposium.

26 - 27 Nov 2020
Regional

IP Key LA and INPI France hold GI online seminar for Latin America

The European Union and Latin American countries have strong ties when it comes to agri-food products. The agricultural sector plays a strategic role in both regions, which demands adequate IP protection, especially regarding geographical indications (GIs).

27 Oct 2020
Brazil

Blockchain and Intellectual Property: IP goes deeper in Industry 4.0

With the support of the Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil’s largest business association) and the Instituto Nacional de Propiedade Industrial (the national administrator of industrial property rights), IP Key LA organised a two-day web

21 - 24 Jul 2020

IP Key LA to Host Virtual Seminar on Industrial Design Rights

Organised by IP Key LA with the support of the EUIPO and IP offices from France and Spain, the activity aims to improve administrative procedures for the protection of industrial designs and to promote the benefits and advantages of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.
11 Dec 2019
Panama City, Panama

Final 2019 IP Key Latin America activity focused on IP users’ experiences

IP Key LA, along with the Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI) and the Registry of Industrial Property-Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Panama (DIGERPI), have organised the final activity of the project’s 2019 annual work plan, a seminar focused on the experiences of IP

02 - 03 Dec 2019
Mexico City, Mexico

The Enforcement of GIs brings EU and local experts to Mexico for a seminar

IP Key LA, along with the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI), has organized a Seminar on the Enforcement of Geographical Indications in Mexico City, in order to approach the existing measures in the area and how those can be improved, as well as exchanging information on transnatio

10 - 14 Jun 2019
Quito, Ecuador

IP Key La Announces New Workshop on Trade Marks and Designs Examination Practice

The IP Key Latin America 2018 work plan included the holding of a workshop in Costa Rica to facilitate the adoption of the search and classification tools created by EUIPO, from which the following results were obtained in 6 offices: RPI Costa Rica (TMview, DesignView y HDB), DNPI Uruguay (TMview

16 - 17 May 2019
Santiago de Chile

Workshop on Trade Marks and Designs Examination Practice

In IP Key LA’s 2018 work plan, Trade Mark and Design examination practices were the focus of two sub-regional workshops implemented in Central America and the Andean Region – where offices of all Latin America participated.

29 Mar 2019
Latin America

Approval of IP Key Annual Work Plan 2019

The 2019 Annual Work Plan (AWP) of IP Key Latin America has been approved on 17 December 2018 after close consultation with all involved stakeholders.

28 - 29 Mar 2019
Lima

Seminar on Geographical Indications and Trade Marks

IP Key LA organized, along with the Peruvian IP Office (INDECOPI) a Regional Seminar on Geographical Indications and Trade Marks. The activity consisted of a one and half-day event that took place in Lima in March 28th and 29th.

29 - 30 Nov 2018
Bogota

Training and Exchange of Best Practices regarding the Registration of GIs

IP Key LA is jointly organizing, with the Andean Secretariat and the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (SIC), an Andean Workshop on Geographical Indications (GIs) and Appellations of Origin (AOs), with the purpose of gathering geographical indications experts and negotiators from the Andea

12 - 16 Nov 2018
Mexico

IP Key LA introduces the first IP Enforcement week in Mexico

As a major step in the process of building and consolidating an IPR network in the region, IP Key LA will hold the IP Enforcement Week in Mexico, with the collaboration of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property, the Council of the Federal Judiciary, the General Administration of Customs and

29 - 30 Oct 2018
Alicante

Relationship between Geographical Indications and Trade Marks

The IP KEY Latin America project invited representatives from Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, together with representatives of the European Commission, to an information session on the relationship between geographical indications and registered trade marks.

23 - 24 Oct 2018
Brazil

Training Event for Patent Examiners

The activity consists in a two-day workshop in Brazil and will take place next October 23rd and 24th, with the objective of providing a hands-on training on free EPO tools (Espacenet, CCD and Global Dossier).

04 - 05 Sep 2018
Ciudad de Panamá

Regional seminar about the Singapore treaty on the law of trademarks

WIPO and the Dirección General del Registro de la Propiedad Industrial (DIGERPI) from Panamá, along with the IP Key project, will organize a seminar that will cover operational aspects, as well as, benefits and specificities of the Singapore Treaty on Trademarks Law.

23 - 31 Aug 2018
23-24/08 Lima; 27-29/08 Lima 30-31/08 Quito

Plant varieties protection: seminars and workshop

IP Key Latin America will visit Peru and Ecuador next August to promote best practices and generate awareness about the protection of plant varieties.

31 - 01 Jul - Aug 2018
Bogotá

Regional Seminar on the IP Enforcement

Since the beginning of the project, the work of IP Key Latin America has had a strong focus on promoting legal expertise in the field throughout Latin America, with the purpose of lending theory and practice in the area of intellectual property, drawing on the skills and expertise of judges, publ

04 - 08 Jun 2018
San Jose, Costa Rica

Workshops on EU-created IP tools

As part of the activities planned for 2018, IP Key LA organises a series of workshops on EU-created IP tools. The beneficiaries will be IP Offices from Central and South America that have already manifested interest and technical feasibility for integration of such tools.

14 - 16 May 2018
Guadalajara, Mexico

Conferences in Guadalajara, Mexico

Between the 14th and 16th of May, Ricardo Ferreira, deputy project leader, participated in a series of workshops related to the protection of brands and designs.

18 - 22 Dec 2017
El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua

Fact-finding mission to Central America

During the fourth mission to the region, the project delegation met a number of important stakeholders in the region, in particular staff at the Secretary of Economic Integration of Central America (SIECA), compiling further suggestions

20 - 30 Nov 2017
Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Fact-finding mission to the Andean Region

During this third visit to the region, the IP Key project delegation met with some 50 stakeholders in 20 different meetings across major countries of the Andean region, where activities pertaining to areas of mutual interest (up to 40) were identified.

19 - 27 Oct 2017
Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama

Fact-finding mission to Central America and Mexico

During its second mission, the IP Key project was presented to more than 60 stakeholders in some 20 meetings across the major countries of Central America and Mexico. These exchanges resulted in a very large number of suggestions (80) for activities of the Annual Work Plan.

18 - 29 Sep 2017
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay

Fact-finding mission to MERCOSUR and Chile

The IP Key project journey through Latin America started with a first visit to MERCOSUR countries and Chile, where the project was presented to 95 stakeholders gathered in 30 meetings across seven major cities in the region.