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More Amendments to the Industrial Property Law

May 2018

 

On May 18, 2018 a substantial amendment to the Industrial Property Law in Mexico was published in the Official Diary of the Federation, which will come into effect on August 10, 2018, same which represents the most substantial changes to the Industrial Property system in Mexico in the last 25 years. In light of this, we want to let you know of the following important changes that have taken place:

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Changes to Mexican IP LAW

April 2018

 

Origin Denominations and Geographical Indications 

On March 13, 2018 a Reform to the Mexican Industrial Property Law was published in the Official Diary, in which, among other things, the following news is included:

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – Update on Industrial Design Prosecution

April 2018

 

Further to our communication regarding possible changes in prosecution and maintenance, we can now confirm that the Industrial Property Law will be amended. One of the most relevant amendments is the protection term for Industrial Designs, which will change from a non-extendable 15-year term to a 25-year term, renewable every 5 years.

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Aspects to Consider for Maintaining Protection of an Industrial Property Right Post Granting

February 2018

 

If we ask ourselves what it is that an applicant is seeking by applying for a registration before the Mexican Patent and Trademark Office ("IMPI", for its abbreviation in Spanish), the answer would obviously be acquiring protection for his/her intellectual creations.


To this end, the applicant invests both time, as well as funding, given that as we well know, the procedures before IMPI are not always necessarily simple.


Normally, an applicant seeks advice from an intellectual property attorney, who would be charged with following up with the timely prosecution, through the granting of a patent, utility model, industrial design, trademark and commercial slogan among other figures protected under the Industrial Property Law.

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The importance of patenting for Higher Learning Institutions and its benefits.

April 2015

 

Recently the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published a list of the fifty companies which filed the highest number of patents for 2014. Not surprisingly, the list was headed by companies in the United States (28.6% of total filings), Japan (19.7%) and China (11.9%). However, it should be highlighted that among the top 50 spots was the placement of a higher learning institution, which is The University of California System, with a total of 413 applications filed, placing it at spot 47 of the above mentioned list.

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Patent Prosecution Highway Pioneers

March 2015

 

The Mexican Patent and Trademark Office (MXPTO) has, for decades, accepted the substantive examination results for applications with American, European and Japanese priorities, and requested to amend the claims of the Mexican patent applications to match those as granted in the corresponding U.S., EP or JP patents.

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Reasons for Patenting

March 2013

 

As it can be envisioned, the development of new inventions always supposes a major expense for the developer (companies, research centers, universities, independent inventors, etc.). It is at this stage where industrial property, which includes patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications of origin, becomes relevant.

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Mexico Joins the International Trademark System

March 2013

 

On November 19, 2012, the Mexican Government deposited before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the Madrid Protocol), which in accordance to same, entered into force as of February 19, 2013.

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10th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification)

January 2012

 

On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), put into circulation in the Industrial Property Gazette, the 10th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification), as well as the Complimentary List of Goods and Services.

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Measures taken by the Mexican Patent Office for Applicants Affected by the Catastrophic Events in Japan

April 2011

 

Yesterday, the Mexican Official Gazette published a communication related to the measures taken for applicants affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.

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