IP in the Andean Community – A way to international legal stability

On septiembre 18, 2010, in Biodiversity, Industrial Property, Traditional Knowledge, by IPIBA

Decision 486 of the Andean Community is a historical fact through which members of the Community create a common IP legal system.

Through Decision 486 of the Andean Community a common IP legal system rules for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

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On septiembre 15, 2010, in Collective Marks, Industrial Property, Marks, by IPIBA

A brief article about the basic concepts in the United States Trademark Law

What is a trademark?

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Main Features of Collective Marks in Argentina

On agosto 16, 2010, in Branding, Collective Marks, Industrial Property, Marcas, Marcas Colectivas, Marks, by Claudio Iglesias Darriba

A few more words about collective marks in Argentina.

Argentina’s Collective Mark is a new legal institution, not related to classic TMs, and created with the aim of using IP benefits for the development of the most vulnerable social sectors.

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Collective Marks in the Andean Community Law

On julio 27, 2010, in Collective Marks, Industrial Property, by Claudio Iglesias Darriba

Member States of the Andean Community (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) share a common intellectual property legal system. This system provides specific protection of collective marks.

In member countries of the Andean Community collective marks are regulated by Decision 486 of the Cartagena Agreement Commission, which regulates for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. About Venezuela, having retired from the Andean Community, the country applied this standard as national law, having been expressly incorporated by an international treaty.

Article 180 of Decision 486 defines a collective mark as “… any sign that serves to distinguish the origin or any other characteristic common to goods or services belonging to different companies and used under the supervision of a holder.”

In conclusion, the collective mark is the tool used by associations of producers, manufacturers, service providers, organizations or groups of persons legally established for distinguishing the goods or services of their members in respect of those who are not part of them.