Mexico's system of IP protection: from Pangaea to TPP


Irma Ross

Mexico has a clear interest in joining negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Despite the fact that it was not until July 9, 2012, that the US Trade Representative (USTR) notified Congress of its intent to enter into Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations with Mexico, it has been clear ever since Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, expressed his interest in joining the TPP during his January 2012 visit to Davos, that Mexico’s system of IP protection has been adapting to accommodate what appears to be the minimum standards to join the TPP.

Since the agreement goes far beyond issues traditionally included in trade agreements, such as industrial goods, agriculture and textiles, and aims to incorporate new and emerging trade issues and cross-cutting issues worthy of the 21st century, some different but equally important battles have been launched among Mexico’s power players with the purpose of reaching towards a more harmonised and global-in-scope system, one that promises to boost Mexico’s emerging economy.

On April 25, 2012 Mexico’s Senate approved the draft decree on Mexico’s adherence to the Madrid Protocol concerning the International Registration of Marks, and one month later it was published in the Federal Official Gazette.

IP protection, TPP