Topic: South America

COVID-19: Global crackdown sees rise in counterfeit and unlicenced medical products

90 countries were involved in Operation Pangea XIII, the annual global coordinated operation to tackle the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. Health regulatory authorities, customs and police officers from 90 countries took part in collective action aiming to prevent the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices, including counterfeit face masks …

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INTA urges brands to warn Gen Z-ers about counterfeit products during holiday season

The International Trademark Association calls on brands to warn Generation Z consumers, who will become the largest global consumer group in 2020, about counterfeit products. This holiday shopping season, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is calling on brands to step up their communications to consumers about the danger of counterfeit products—especially among Gen Z, which …

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Progress for Colombian plant breeders as take-over ban is lifted

A ban preventing the Colombia’s ICA from taking over DUS reports has been lifted. The Council of State of Colombia has officially revoked a preliminary injunction preventing the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) from taking over Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) reports, which means that the ICA now has the green light to proceed with taking …

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Trans-pacific intellectual property

The recently negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement contains provisions that would dramatically impact intellectual property in the United States and elsewhere if ratified. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a favored talking point among our presidential hopefuls—is an international trade agreement between twelve nations. The agreement was signed earlier this year, but is not yet ratified in most member countries including …

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Common law tests adopted for intermediary liability

Last month, the Superior Tribunal de Justiça (STJ), the highest appellate court in Brazil for non-constitutional questions of federal law, awarded a landmark decision in a case discussing the liability of the social networking site Orkut for copyright infringing user-generated content on its site. The Court ruled that content providers cannot be held liable for …

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Protecting personal data in Argentina: A work in progress

According to recent studies (Usuaria Research, 2013), steady growth in the adoption of cloud technology by Argentine businesses is expected to continue into 2015, especially with the emergence of public cloud services provided by large multinational companies including Rackspace, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, to name a few. The biggest concerns raised over the reliance by …

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Argentina’s Supreme Court decides landmark intermediary liability case

On October 29, the Argentine Supreme Court issued a landmark decision on intermediary liability in the case “R.M.B c/Google y ot. s/ Ds y Ps (Fallo R.522.XLIX)”. As reported previously, the case discussed the question whether search engines are liable for linking in search results to third-party content that violates fundamental rights or infringes copyright. …

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Guatemalan Congress repeals plant variety rights law

The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala has voted to repeal in its entirety the Law for the Protection of Plant Variety Rights that it approved less than three months ago. (see Congreso de la República aprueba de urgencia nacional derogatoria del Decreto 19-2014). When Guatemala became a signatory to the Central America-Dominican Republic Free …

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Argentine Supreme Court to decide whether internet intermediaries must monitor search results

Recently, the Supreme Court of Argentina heard arguments in Rodríguez, María Belén c/ Google Inc. y Otro s/ Daños y Perjuicios, Expte. Nº 99.613/06. The case requires the Supreme Court to decide for the first time whether Internet intermediaries – in this case, search engines Google and Yahoo – are liable for linking to content …

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Ecuadorian IP Institute registers traditional knowledge of indigenous community

During a recent conference at its offices in Guayaquil, the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Institute (IEPI) presented its 2013 annual report – IEPI, 2013 Informe de Rendición de Cuentas. As noted in an article published in the newspaper El Comercio, IEPI has been involved in a pilot project to register items of traditional knowledge of the …

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