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Business brief 2010: Taiwan

Taiwan01-01-2010Crystal Chen and Candy Chen

Taiwan’s current Patent Act stipulates a first-to-file system. Taiwan is not a member of the Paris Convention; as such, only national protection is available.

Business brief 2010: Venezuela

Venezuela01-01-2010Patricia Hoet-Limbourg

Our current Industrial Property Law provides that in order to obtain protection of an invention, an application should be filed before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

A big step: Colombia's accession to the OECD

Colombia01-09-0000Ernesto Cavelier

With Colombia’s accession to the Organization for Economic Development comes a raft of intellectual property changes, as Ernesto Cavelier explains.

In the house: a partial solution

International01-09-0000Clémence Le Cointe

With the new generic top-level domains imminent, Clémence Le Cointe asks whether the Trademark Clearinghouse is a helpful tool for brand owners.

Raising the bar: meeting WTO obligations

Russia01-05-0000Elena Solovyova

Now that it is a member of the World Trade Organization, Russia must lift its game against the counterfeiters and pirates. Elena Solovyova finds out what progress has been made and where Russia is falling short.

Use it or lose it


Peru’s National Institute of the Defence and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) tends to be very rigorous in checking the use of trademarks that third parties are trying to have cancelled.

Interpreting China's new Trademark Law


Many adjustments to China’s Trademark Law are imminent, including changes to the timeframe for examination, as Xiang Gao reports.

The 'open litis principle' in Mexican IP cases


The use of the ‘open litis principle’ in Mexico favours the party that challenges an administrative IP decision. IP rights holders should approach this type of appeal with caution, explains Carlos Hernández.

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