IP Key Latin America (LA) is an EU project directed and funded by the European Commission and implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The project is currently on its second phase and will work with Latin America over the next 3 years starting in 2022 after the success of its first phase that took place from 2018 to 2021.

The current Annual Work Plan 1 - 2022 (AWP1) covers an implementation period of 9 months, from 1 April to 31 December 2022, and consists of 18 activities, all contributing to the key results of the action.

The distribution of activities in the AWP1, according to the priorities identified and the areas of concern in the LA countries, focuses on trade marks and industrial designs (28 %). In addition, the AWP1 focuses on Cross-IP, intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement, geographical indications, plant varieties and patents. It is worth mentioning that several ‘cross IP’ and ‘enforcement’ activities cover the abovementioned IPRs.

The AWP1 - 2022 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 2022 activities will have sub-regional coverage, thanks to the possibility of using new technologies, such as teleconferencing and videoconferencing.


Activities time table (tentative)





Activity description











Conference promoting the accession to international Treaties (Madrid protocol and the Hague agreement)







Mediation Seminar






Economic impact study for Brazil











Regional conference on GIs







GI Seminar for Central America







Workshop on the use of GIs in the market for MCS









GI Seminar for producers and administrators in Chile









Challenges in plant variety protection and opportunities for cooperation







Workshop on patents examination: new technologies and trends







Workshop on non-traditional TMs examination






Workshop to promote convergence of practices and tools











Preliminary study for the development of common guidelines on Designs for the CAN











Feasibility Study on the Establishment of a CAN TM Registration system











Enforcement Week - forum on the enforcement in the digital world






Enforcement Week - seminar on border enforcement






Enforcement Week - seminar for judges






Regular monitoring of IP Chapter Commitments











Reporting of follow-up actions to the EC Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List










01 - 31 Oct - Dec 2022
Online Forum

Enforcement week - seminar for judges

This activity, organised in cooperation with the EU Observatory including judicial experts from EU Member States will focus on increasing the effectiveness of investigation, prosecution and legal remedies against the infringement of IP rights, especially online.

01 - 31 Oct - Dec 2022
Online seminar

Mediation seminar

The seminar will be an opportunity to present the state of play of IP mediation in Mercosur and Chile, focusing on the benefits of a negotiated settlement of IP disputes and offering a practical approach through case examples and mediation techniques related to IP.

01 - 31 Oct - Dec 2022
Online Forum

Enforcement week - forum on the enforcement in the digital world

This activity aims to raise Latin American enforcement authorities’ awareness of new forms of IPR infringement in the digital world and increase their capacity to protect and enforce IPRs. It will provide an opportunity for Latin American enforcement authorities (i.e.

26 - 27 Sep 2022
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala - Hybrid

Geographical Indications Seminar for Central America

IP Key LA is pleased to invite you to the Geographical Indications Seminar for Central America, which will take 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.