Intellectual Property updates


Contributed by Obligado & Cia
Trade secrets legal regime – an updated overview
  • Argentina
  • 23 November 2020

In Argentina, confidential information and trade secrets are protected by Section 39.2 of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Section 156 of the Argentine Penal Code, Law 24,766 (the Confidentiality Law) and the recently passed Emergency Decree 274/2019, which regulates different unfair competition aspects. This article provides an overview of the Argentine trade secrets legal regime.

Use of third-party trademarks as keywords
  • Argentina
  • 27 July 2020

The rapid growth in internet use has given rise to conflicts between registered trademark owners and third parties using said marks. For example, search engine advertising systems make it possible to create ads that show products or services to users who are looking for them. Federal Court of Appeals in Civil and Commercial Matters case law provides useful guidance on the use of third-party trademarks as keywords in internet advertising.

New legislation on unfair competition and designations of origin
  • Argentina
  • 02 March 2020

Until the approval of Emergency Decree 274/2019 in April 2019, the regulation of unfair competition in Argentina was characterised by a lack of organisation, narrow scope and lack of a general rule for standardising acts of unfair competition. The new decree sets out numerous provisions that are relevant to the IP field, including provisions addressing the regulation of comparative advertising, designations of origin, secrecy, data exclusivity and trademarks.

Unfair competition and trademark protection
  • Argentina
  • 02 December 2019

The protection provided under industrial property law to commercial signs registered with the National Institute of Industrial Property is more effective than that offered by unfair competition law. It is therefore worth questioning whether unfair competition law exercises any function with regard to the protection of registered signs. There may be sectors in which the protection of a rights holder's interest requires the combined use of IP and competition law.

Trademark rights and comparative advertising
  • Argentina
  • 23 September 2019

Since the Trademark Law reserves the right to use a trademark for the mark's owner, legal scholars in Argentina have long debated whether the use of trademarks in comparative advertising is permitted. With the recent approval of Emergency Decree 274/2019, legislation has, for the first time, addressed comparative advertising in Argentina in a detailed and systematic manner and established when it is allowed.


Flashlight decision illuminates compensation guidelines for unlawful use of IP rights
  • Austria
  • 22 April 2019

The Supreme Court recently had to decide whether the infringer of a registered Community design had to hand over the entire net profit or just a share of profit earned due to its use of an infringed design. The decision has great practical importance, as it gives IP rights holders clear guidelines regarding what to expect when claiming compensation for an unlawful use of their rights.


Contributed by GEVERS
Laboratoire de la Mer and Omega Pharma in disguised trademark infringement claim procedure
  • Belgium
  • 28 September 2020

This article has been removed at the request of the contributing firm.


Contributed by Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello
Trademark co-ownership finally possible in Brazil
  • Brazil
  • 01 March 2021

The Brazilian Trademark Office recently took an important step towards fully implementing the Madrid Protocol by approving the trademark co-ownership regime for national applications and registrations. This article outlines some of the most important points that trademark practitioners should consider when dealing with applications and registrations under a co-ownership regime in Brazil.

Legislative overview – Brazil
  • Brazil
  • 22 February 2021

This article provides an overview of the regulation and enforcement of IP rights in Brazil. It also examines recent developments, such as the project to reduce the patent backlog and the ongoing case before the Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of Article 40 of the IP Law.

Growing e-commerce market entails increased brand protection measures
  • Brazil
  • 15 February 2021

According to the latest Webshoppers report, Brazilian e-commerce grew by 47% in the first half of 2020, the highest recorded increase in the past 20 years. There is therefore an increased need to protect trademarks in the digital environment. Engaging online brand protection services can be an effective method of mitigating all forms of trademark abuse online, enabling owners to consistently enforce their brand rights.

Ministry of Economy launches National Strategy for Intellectual Property
  • Brazil
  • 01 February 2021

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. At the ceremony, the special government body of the Ministry of Economy launched the National Strategy for Intellectual Property (ENPI). The ENPI's objective is to achieve an effective and well-known national IP system, which encourages creativity and investment in innovation in order to increase competitiveness and socioeconomic development in Brazil.

Trade dress protection: a glimpse at the beverage market
  • Brazil
  • 25 January 2021

In Brazil, trade dress protection is supported in several regulations, all under the concept of unfair competition. Trade dress protection has also been widely acknowledged by the courts, and case law has been an important source of its doctrinal foundation. This article looks at trade dress protection in the beverage sector and examines several decisions which have granted such protection for types of beer, vodka and wine.


Contributed by Mirandah Asia (Cambodia)
Memorandum of understanding signed with USPTO
  • Cambodia
  • 09 November 2020

The Department of Intellectual Property Rights has continued its aim of expanding on Cambodia's IP capabilities with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Although full details of the MoU have yet to be released, it is possible that the agreement may utilise a combination of legal principles – namely, validation, re-registration and accelerated patent decisions.

Cambodia ratifies Berne Convention as 2021 TRIPS deadline looms
  • Cambodia
  • 05 October 2020

In July 2020 Cambodia brought its ever-developing IP protection regime further into line with international standards, with the ratification of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. With consistent annual gross domestic product growth of more than 8% for the past two decades, Cambodia is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. This timely ratification of the convention can only increase confidence between Cambodia and the international trading community.

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