On March 8, 2018 the project IP Key Latin America was officially launched at the San Martin Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. IP Key Latin America is a collaborative project of partners with the goal of increasing awareness of the benefits of intellectual property. In particular, the group spotlights IP as a key to growth and job creation as well as supports increased IP protection and enforcement from Mexico to Chile and throughout the Latin American region.
Through its activities, IP Key Latin America will support international firms, especially EU enterprises, doing business in the region. These efforts will improve IP protection in LATAM, which will further encourage European companies to invest in Latin America. For European clients this means more legal certainty and quality in IP protection. By close cooperation with Latin American stakeholders and the involvement of academia, enforcement, industry and judicial authorities, the IP Key project will:
- Cover the full intellectual property lifecycle;
- Encompass a wide spectrum of IP rights; patents, trademarks, designs, geographical indications, copyright, trade secrets and plant varieties;
- Focus on IP enforcement, collaborating with enforcement authorities to train Latin American judges dealing with intellectual property matters;
- Provide and extend access to online IP search database to increase the global transparency of IP rights
Moeller IP Advisors was represented at the launch event by Thomas Messerer and José Santacroce. The project leaders, Pedro Duarte, project leader in Buenos Aires and Ricardo Ferreira, deputy project leader in Mexico also were in attendance. Other important participants in attendance included Antonio Campinos, Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO); Aude Maio-Coliche, Ambassador of the European Union in Argentina;Dámaso Pardo, President of the National Institute of Industrial Property in Argentina (INPI);Miguel Ángel Margáin, Director General of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) and representatives of the European Commission and the EU Delegations in Latin America.
Moeller IP Advisors will cooperate with EUIPO and IP key project managers, thereby signaling our dedication to helping and improving IP matters in Latin America.
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