On January 6, 2017, a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot
program between the National Institute of Industrial Property of
Chile (INAPI) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
The PPH program enables an applicant whose claims have been
determined to be patentable/allowable to have a corresponding
application filed with a PPH partner office processed in a faster,
more efficient manner. The PPH program also allows the offices to
benefit from work previously done by each other's patent
offices, reducing examination workload.
Requests for accelerated examination under this PPH program can
be made based on either national work products or Patent
Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products by the INAPI and CIPO, such
as the Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority
(WO-ISA), the Written Opinion of the International Preliminary
Examination Authority (WO-IPEA) and the International Preliminary
Report on Patentability (IPRP).
The pilot program will have a duration of three years, and may
be extendable with previous agreement between the parties. The
INAPI may suspend its participation in the pilot program at any
stage, if the volume of participation exceeds a manageable
The guidelines of this new PPH program are available on the
websites of the INAPI and CIPO.
Since 2016, Chile also has running PPH agreements with
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Peru
and Uruguay, which were signed under the framework of the Pacific
Alliance, an initiative for regional integration developed by
Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and the regional collaborative
project on Industrial Property PROSUR.
El 27 de diciembre de 2016, fue publicado en el Diario Oficial de la Federación un Acuerdo que modifica lineamientos para el uso del Portal de Pagos y Servicios Electrónicos (PASE) del Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI), en trámites de solicitudes de marca y aviso comercial.
Recently the Nice International Classification of Products and Services, a system used to categorize trademark applications, has been updated once again, with the entry into force of the 11th Edition on January 1, 2017.
Under the Mexican Trademark Law there is no obligation to use a trademark until renewal time is reached in the 10th year as of the filing date of the registration to be renewed and when filing the application for renewal it is only necessary to declare under oath that the mark has been used during a term of the last three years.
In accordance with the Mexican
Patent and Trademark Law in Mexico, in order to maintain patent,
industrial design, and utility model registrations in force through
their life terms, the payment of maintenance fees is necessary.
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