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Register for the first IP Key Labs of 2024!

On Thursday 29 February (at 9am GMT-6), we'll be hosting the first IP Key Labs of the year. This time, the theme will be "Brand trends: non-traditional brands and brands for goods and services in the metaverse".

We'll also be joined by speakers who are experts in the field:

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Seminar on Geographical Indications for Chile.

In an important event for intellectual property (IP) in Latin America, experts and representatives from Chile and the European Union (EU) will meet to discuss the international protection of Geographical Indications (GIs). The seminar will take place from 16-17 April in Santiago, Chile.

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Outstanding geographical indications in Brazil: Manzanilla de Mandirituba and Cachaça de Paraty

In January 2024, Brazil, through the INPI, recognised two new Geographical Indications (GIs) that highlight the richness of its agricultural heritage. In Mandirituba (a municipality in the state of Paraná), dehydrated chamomile obtained the first GI registration of 2024. This recognition as an Indication of Origin joins 110 other GIs across the country. Mandirituba is responsible for 30 per cent of the state's chamomile production, as well as being a driver of innovation with broad applications in the food and cosmetics industries.

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Guatemala joins DESIGNclass

As of 29 January 2024, the Registry of Intellectual Property of Guatemala (RPI-GT) is part of Design Class and will use and accept the list of terms from the harmonised database of product indications (HDBPI).

Following RPI-GT’s decision to use HDBPI, there are now 18 IP offices outside the European Union (EU) in DesignClass that use and accept the terms from this harmonised database. With this incorporation, the total number of participating IP offices increases to 44.

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IP Key LA presents the Annual Work Plan 2024

IP Key LA and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have unveiled the Annual Work Plan for 2024. This strategic plan seeks to strengthen collaboration in intellectual property (IP) between the European Union and Latin America.

Scheduled from 1 January to 31 December 2024, the Annual Work Plan (AWP3-2024) comprises 22 activities that strategically designed to impact key IPR areas.

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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 and to emphasise the importance of homogeneous practices in the trade mark procedure.

 

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

This study will show how the production and exportation of roses contribute to Ecuador’s economy. It will follow the structure and methodology of analogue studies carried out by the CPVO in the EU. The study should also prove the importance that the protection of IPRs has for the Ecuadorian flower industry, and at the same time the risk that inadequate protection of rights may mean for that sector.

The study contemplates the following topics:

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