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Spanish is the official language used by over 406 million people and over 60 million people opt to use Spanish as their second language while 20 million people use it as a foreign language. It’s so widely used that any patent which is registered is usually translated to Spanish too and that's exactly what we specialize, translating patents into Spanish!

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Understanding Patent Law in Latin America

Latin American patent laws have been under a lot of scrutiny in the past decade. With many South American countries emerging as developing economic powers in the global market, there has been an urgent need for these countries to carefully consider the implications loosely formed Intellectual property policies will have on the growth. With Argentina, Brazil and Mexico playing a major role in this direction, Latin America is slowly but strongly building a system that enables smoother and more disciplined patent application regulations for foreign nationals and foreign organizations.

Historical Perspective

Latin America in the mid 20th century came to be more known for its weak economic and legal policies. Serious investors, researchers and industrialists largely perceived these countries as lesser options. However, with the information age taking central stage and many countries such as China, European Union etc. looking for newer markets, Latin America has caught their fancy. And, consequently the people at the helm of policy making have taken this interest rather seriously. The reforms that are happening at incredible speed in the patenting policies are indeed noteworthy.

Different countries of South America have adopted different approaches to keep the interest of the world market alive. They stand to gain a lot from enforcing strong IP protection laws. In the past decade which has been the time of change, there has been noticeable increase in the gross domestic product of countries such as Brazil and Mexico. The patent law in latin America, especiallyArgentina and Brazil have in fact been detrimental to the liberalized trading policies. Read More...

First to Invent Patent Rules, How These Translate in Argentina

Patent law can be an extremely confusing thing which is enough to scare some of the most innovative people in the world away from creating new things. This is particularly true when your patent needs to be filed in a number of countries. Protecting patent rights is important because if people are not rewarded for their hard work and innovation they will not see the point of working hard. Unfortunately we do not live off air and all need to eat. This is why everyone is guided by Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand, even hippies. Two of the biggest components of patent law are the First to File or First to Invent concept and the America Invents Act. Here we introduce these concepts and what they mean if you plan on filing for a patent in a Latin American country where the enforcement of patent rights has been somewhat marred by bad press in recent years. Keep reading and find out more;

First to File and First to Invent

These are two similar concepts which are often confused with one another. First to Invent is a legal concept that was only used by countries like Canada, the Philippines and the United States of America and is no longer in use so it can be ignored. The First to File principle is one that is used in every country’s patent law system. The last country to adopt this concept was the United States of America when the America Invents Act came into force on 16 March 2013 under the leadership of President Barack Obama.

The First to File principle is based on the idea that the rights of a patent will always go to the inventor or individual who files for a patent first. This means that even if you can prove that you came up with an idea first, if you don’t file for patent rights first you lose out. Since all countries work with this principle and Argentina is a member of the Paris Convention, the same rule applies here. The institute that you will be working when filing for patents in Argentina is the Industrial Property Institute or INPI. Read More...

Patent Law - The Controversy

Intellectual property rights have always been a contentious issue. If you do not go through the right channels and protect your rights, you risk not only losing out on financial the financial rewards which are associated with coming up with the idea that changes the world, but you also miss out on what for most people, is the most important thing, having your name go down in history books and becoming immortal in a manner of speaking. As a result of this, there has been a trend in Latin America to apply for the broadest patent possible but this is not without problems. Recently there has been a lot of debate about whether or not patent law should be stricter in Latin America in order to prevent this from happening in the future. This article examines intellectual property protection in order to see whether or not stricter intellectual property laws should not be put in place.

What is Intellectual Property?

Before going into detail about the ins and outs of intellectual property protection, it helps knowing what it actually is, what the term means and what counts and does not count as intellectual property. Intellectual property can be almost anything, that’s what makes this section so important, from a trade secret recipe or chemical formula to a manufacturing process for a product launch to the countries in which you have patents, even logos, designs and are seen as intellectual property. The formal definition sees it as anything that is created in an individual’s mind which explains the broadness of the term. Legally, there are four broad categories of intellectual property which are listed below:

·         Patents – this covers tangible items and you need to register a patent with your government. Patents can be registered in multiple countries and can last as long as 20 years. Read More...

The Definition of an Abusive Trademark Registration - The Candy Crush Saga

When an online gaming website develops a hugely popular online fame for social media and mobile phone users, it is not always that it goes on to become a raving success. But, when developer King which develops games for social media giant Facebook, developed a game called candy crush saga, the story was different. This game has become a household name and has millions of social media users, iphone and android phone users hooked on to it. The game was released in the year 2012, and since its release it has garnered a huge fan following. Most users even describe it as ‘addictive’ and stress-busting’. It has beaten all its competitors to reach the top spot as seen on March 2013.

This game is a financial success for its developers. The ioS App store and Goole Play store have registered the highest number of downloads in the December 2012. And, since it can be downloaded freely on the mobile phone, its popularity has definitely reached dizzying heights. So, the developers of the game have trademarked the word ‘candy’ and have notified any other app developer with ‘candy’ in their title with an infringement notice. And, this step of King has incurred a lot of flak from all section. This trademark has been termed as abusive.

Firstly, one has to understand trademark registration to understand what is abusive about this trademark. Read More...

Is Intellectual Property Protection Effective Today?

Intellectual property law is designed to protect the rights of those who take the time and put in the effort to create something unique that has the potential to add value to the world. Whether this is through artistic expression through various art forms such as film, literature or music or through scientific and mechanical breakthroughs that cure diseases or increase the overall quality of life for people it is important that people are rewarded for their hard work. If they are not given their dues, motivation to keep working diminishes greatly. In today’s increasingly connected world, it has become a lot easier to share intellectual property in a matter of seconds to millions of people. This has given rise to the question of whether intellectual property protection laws are still valid in a world where information can be accessed in a matter of seconds and people can communicate with one another from the most remote and arbitrary places in the world, it is understandable. We have all heard about Pirate Bay and seen the adverts encouraging you to pay for your music and movies after all.

What Do the Experts Say?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is clearly the go to organization when you want to find out what those in the know think of the current state of intellectual property protection. For them, the biggest change with the rise of the digital age is that while when we only had photocopiers and material could be replicated, it would only be kept in one location making it very difficult to distribute amongst large amounts of people. That has all changed with the internet. Now you can post something online and before you know it millions of people have access to it. With the rise of social media (Facebook and Twitter) and websites like Reddit, it has become even easier to distribute information. Intellectual property laws thus need to change and adapt to the evolving face of intellectual property. Nothing stays the same forever, which is what makes us human after all.

Intellectual Property is Still Big Business

Regardless of whether or not people are infringing intellectual property laws on a daily basis, intellectual property is still big business as any high end tech company will tell you. The most recent case illustrating how important intellectual property law is in with the case of Twitter buying IP and patents from IBM in February 2014. The social networking giant bought 900 patents from the patent warehouse after going public after six years of being business. While not in any immediate danger of facing a lawsuit with regards to intellectual property infringements, the company has learned from the lessons of other tech companies and decided to take action before slapped with a lawsuit which will just be bad for business and cause additional and unnecessary headaches. Google has bought thousands of patents from Big Blue as has Facebook. Read More...

Intellectual Property in Latin America

Protecting your intellectual property in Latin America can be an extremely tough job since it is a lot easier for individuals and businesses with unethical tendencies to copy merchandise and logos. As a business you need to protect your merchandise, reputation and company’s overall interests no matter where in the world you are. As with all things in life, there are places where this is easier to do than others. Even though countries like Brazil and Argentina make it a lot of easier for trademark counterfeiters to get around, there is no need to panic, there are ways that you can protect your intellectual property. Read More...

Intellectual Property Protection Argentina

If one is interested in expanding one’s business it makes sense to look at going beyond the borders of one’s own country. An increasingly popular market to look into is emerging and surprisingly so. Quite interestingly, Latin American countries are becoming seen as the next big thing. If you think about it carefully it makes a lot of sense. With Brazil hosting everything from the FIFA World Cup Soccer to the Olympics to the biggest meeting about sustainable development in the world, a market that was once seen as last on people’s list is suddenly becoming a lot more important. If one takes into consideration the fact that a lot of the more conventional markets have either been flooded or still suffering and recovering as a result of the global economic downturn, the allure of these markets is even more obvious.

Brazil is not the only economy in Latin America that is beginning to benefit and become an area of interest. Argentina has also seen a growing amount of international interest thanks to the relative stability of its economy in recent years. One of the most important things one has to do before investing in a new country if you want to expand your business is to make that your intellectual property is protected. Here, we take a look at what this means for you in Latin America and more specifically, Argentina.

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property is anything that you create from your mind. It can be in the form of an invention (like the telephone), art (like novels, songs and artworks), scientific advancements (in medicine and the like), it can be something like the recipe for Coca-Cola and it can also be a company logo, slogan, or brand which is what sets your business apart from the rest. Irrespective of which category you fall into, it is important to protect your intellectual property no matter where you are or what you are doing. Whether this means protecting your intellectual property in your home country or taking it further and doing so in a country you do not originate from, you deserve to be rewarded for all of your hard work. Read More...

How To Patent Your Idea

Sometimes people come up with really great and unique ideas which are easily stole by others and presented as their own. Patents protect great ideas. A patent is a legal document that gives a person legal rights to an idea, a product or an invention and allows them to exclude others from using, making or selling their idea, product or invention. Most patents are granted for a fixed period.

If you feel that your idea or invention has great potential, you can have it patented; however, some ideas dont need patents!. In order to get a patent, you need to follow three simple steps:
•    You need to fill out the necessary forms and documentation to place the request.
•    You need to do extensive research.
•    You need to hire an IP lawyer.

Before you start the process of obtaining a patent, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself. These are:
•    Are you ready to have your invention patented?
•    Is it completely finished?
•    Do you have a prototype that is working?
•    Have you tested all aspects of your invention?

If you cannot answer the above questions, it means that you are not ready to get your idea patented. Once you have convinced yourself that your invention is ready to be patented, you need to do extensive research. First of all, do a patent search to see if there are inventions made by others which are similar to your invention. It is always advisable to hire a patent agent or attorney to conduct a professional search.

If you do come across similar inventions, you will need to properly study them to determine the difference. You will need to identify what makes your invention unique. Does it have additional features in comparison to the other inventions or does it do things in a better and more efficient manner? Please note that only the unique features and novelties of your invention will be patented.

Choosing a lawyer

As stated earlier, you must hire a patent lawyer to help you patent your idea; the lawyer that you hire and his group of technical experts must be skilled and must have knowledge and expertise in the area of your invention. This is important because the lawyer will need to clearly examine all aspects of invention and assist you with the patent application process.

The patent application process

This process is one of the most difficult and time consuming processes because you are required to relay every little detail about your invention to the patent office. For example, you need to explain to the office in details how you made your invention, what are its intended uses, what is its novelty and how it improves the state of the art Read More...

Patent Agent in Argentina


Sofia Mundet - Patent Lawyer Argentina

Sofia Mundet Hellquist is an Argentine patent and trademark charted Attorney and Agent living between London and Argentina. She has a Masters Degree in business legal advice and she has practiced law for over 10 years specializing in Intellectual Property.

With over 7 years experience gained at one of the most prestigious legal firms in Buenos Aires (Richelet&Richelet) she carried out trademark filings and patent registrations for a long list of local and international brands including, BASF, Samsung, Honda, Toyota, LG Electronics, FIFA, & Canon to name just a few. Read More...

How To Manage a Patent Litigation

What is a patent litigation?

Intellectual property is very valuable. This is why their rights must be enforced and protected; otherwise, they will lose their value. In order to protect intellectual property, one can obtain a patent which is a license from the government conferring a right for a set period. So if you have obtained a patent, you have the sole right to exclude anyone from producing, using or selling your invention. Having a patent does not mean that you will never be in a situation where others are using your invention to make a profit. When this occurs you have the right to take legal action. This process is known as a patent litigation.

A perfect example of a patent litigation is the Samsung vs Apple case. There have been a series of ongoing lawsuits between Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. And Apple Inc. The main focus of these lawsuits has been the design of the table computers and the smartphones. The first lawsuit was filed by Apple against Samsung on January 5th 2007 and was based on four design patents covering the basic shape of the i-Phone. This lawsuit was later followed up in June by another lawsuit based on a color design patent covering approximately two hundred screenshots of various graphical user interfaces of the i-Phone. This lawsuit was followed by many, many more in many different countries – some of which were won by Apple and some of which were won by Samsung.

It was recently published that Samsung and Apple are once again back in court for another round of patent litigation but this time, Samsung is trying to reduce the value of the inventions made by Apple as well as them with the hope of reducing the amount of money they would owe to Apple if they were to lose this lawsuit. Some argue that if Samsung is to be successful and is able to lower the value of the inventions, it would be a mistake because technological breakthroughs and innovation are encouraged by the inventor’s right to protect intellectual property.  Read More...

Sofia Mundet - Patent Lawyer Argentina

patent agent sofia mundet hellquist Sofia Mundet Hellquist is an Argentine patent and trademark charted Attorney and Agent living between London and Argentina. She has a Masters Degree in business legal advice and she has practiced law for over 10 years specializing in Intellectual Property.

With over 7 years experience gained at one of the most prestigious legal firms in Buenos Aires (Richelet&Richelet) she carried out trademark filings and patent registrations for a long list of local and international brands including, BASF, Samsung, Honda, Toyota, LG Electronics, FIFA, & Canon to name just a few.

With experience in all fields of Intellectual Property, she has led teams dealing with patents, trademark disputes, negotiations, filings, copyright infringement, utility models patents, design patents, software copyright registrations, also dealing with domain name disputes and handling many arbitration and mediation hearings processes. Read More...

Patent Attorney in Argentina

Obtaining a patent in Argentina

IP or intellectual property is protected by patents. Once an inventor obtains a patent for his invention, he is granted the right to take legal action against anyone who is caught trying to make, use, import, duplicate or sell his invention without his permission.

Obtaining a patent is a legal process which differs per country. In Argentina, patents are granted by the INPI which stands for Instituto Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial which is translated as the National Institute of Industrial Property. The application process is a very lengthy one and can last up to seven years. Not every idea or invention is eligible to be patented.

In order for an invention to be patented it must meet three legal conditions:
1.    Novelty (new)
2.    Inventive activity
3.    Industrial application (Be capable of being produced and used in some kind of industry) Read More...

Patent Attorney for Latin America

The world of technology is changing faster and faster every day. Thousands of researchers around the world are working right now to create new knowledge and techniques. The results of these investigations will allow the invention of new products and processes that will become a part of the human cummulus of knowledge about technology, called "the state of technique".

Those who have worked hard to develop a tool or technological product should see their effort rewarded. As inventors, they have rights over the credits and use of their inventions. There must be a record where every one of these inventions is registered with the name of the people who have developed it. If someone else wants to exploit that invention, they must share their benefits with the inventor, and that has to be ensured by law. 

That's how patents work.

INPI (Argentina)

Intellectual property protection is becoming an increasingly hot topic as people become more and more reliant on their ability to trade what they are able to conceive in their minds. Our world relies on technology so much that there dozens of memes all over the internet forecasting in a humorous manner what would happen if the internet were to suddenly crash or cease to exist. One thing that is for sure with regards to how the younger generations would feel is that they would probably wonder how people survived without it. While this might be funny and warrant a few laughs, it also highlights the importance of intellectual property protection. Read More...

How patent speicalists work to protect IP

Protecting your invention

Imagine that you are an inventor and you have recently invented a device that solves a great need that mankind has been struggling with for the longest while. You would want to reap the benefits of being the person that came up with this great invention. But what if you find out that your device has been copied and is being produced by someone else who is now reaping the benefits instead of you? To prevent this from happening and to protect your invention, you need a patent which will grant you sole right to your intellectual property (IP) making it illegal for anyone to create it, use it or sell it without your permission.

Dealing with patents can be tricky. The initial process of applying for a patent is a very lengthy process which requires the assistance of someone who knows the ins and the outs of the patent business. By having such a person at your side, you can save a lot of time and money, whether you are applying for your patent or are defending your rights to a product for which you have already received a patent. The person that you need is a patent specialist.

A patent specialist can be a patent agent or a patent attorney. This is the person who has patent knowledge, experience and expertise and fully understands the rules and regulations that surround patents. Some people make the mistake of applying for a patent without the assistance of a patent specialist. That mistake could prove to be a very grave mistake which could result in the rejection of your patent application, leaving your invention at the mercy of your competitors. Read More...

Patent Attorney in London

The progress of human science and technique has a cumulative nature. New discoveries are made thanks to earlier advances. One unlocked door opens the way to the next door. Many people around the world are working hard to make research in different areas of human knowledge in order to develop new products and techniques. From a more efficient engine for cars to the cure of cancer, investigation goals take a lot of time and effort to achieve. People involved put a lot of themselves in the process, they study and get prepared to lead an investigation that will hopefully result in the creation of something new.

Adding up to the human legacy

New creations of mankind are meant to be spread worldwide for everyone to learn about them and use them for their practical ends. Progress is not such if it is not on the reach of anyone. Scientifical and technical advance is based in the exchange of knowledge and technology. As it has been stated above, new creations rely on old creations. Perhaps a certain scientist has come up with a greener heating system in Istambul, and another scientist from Beijing learns about it, thinks of a way to improve it, and does so. The chain can go on forever. That is what progress is all about.

However, sharing creations with the world has one big risk: injustice. The ones who have developed certain ideas that nobody has come up with before, understandably have merit and should be rewarded for what they have done to achieve their goals. They should have rights over their own creations, at least for a certain period of time. If other people want to obtain benefits from these creations, they should compensate the creator in some way. It would not be fair that others obtain benefits from something that did not cost them any effort or work. These compensations usually come under the form of money and/or credits. Besides, the creator or creators of the product or idea should have the right to decide whether or not their creation can be used by certain people or in certain way. Read More...

Patent Translation Services

The Translation Industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and the primary reason attributed to this development is without doubt, the galloping pace of globalization, which has provided a heavy impetus to the need of exchanging information across linguistic barriers. Accuracy is the crux of any good translation service, and as far as patent translation services are concerned, there are a considerable number of factors that you need to take into account before deciding to outsource your patent translation requirements to a service provider.

The Sensitivity of Patent Translation

To begin with, patents are highly sensitive legal documents with highly technical content, and  therefore, even the slightest misinterpretation, inadequate or improper flow of words can wreak havoc, and negate the very purpose of outsourcing the translation. As compared to regular literary translation, the chances of errors in case of patent translation are much higher because of the subtleties of the language employed in case of the content, the technical jargons use in the patent and the legal connotation that is undeniably involved here.

Why Automated Translation is Highly Inadequate

Translation Agencies have mushroomed in every major city of the world today, and even the internet is flooded with free translation tools ranging from Google Translate, Babylon, Bing and much more. The positive aspect about them is that using these automated translators is free, and the translation happens really fast. But even for general translation requirements, it has been repeatedly observed that online translation tools fall short of serving the purpose of providing accuracy of translation. This is precisely because the subtle nuances of translation, be it for sentence structures, phrases and so on, can never be sensed by a machine, and therefore, the translated version is most often found to be out of context. Read More...

UK TradeMark Attorneys

Intelectual Property issues

The mere existance of a phrase such as "Intelectual Property protection" implies the fact that intelecual property is a field of conflict and confrontations that can end up in this kind of property being violated or overlooked. If intelectual property rights were never under threat, there would be no need to protect them in the first place. 

When legal aspects are the battlefield, attorneys are the warriors. A trademark attorney is meant to defend your rights over your own creations. Even if having a trademark or patent protecting your ideas is the base of keeping them safe, many conflicts can arise if some people claim that you have stolen your ideas from them and that they are their actual creators, or someone tries to ignore your rights over your own ideas, amongst other many possible issues. A trademark attorney is specially trained to deal with these issues in your favour and protect your rights against the intends of other people to contravene the property law.

If you have intelectual property rights over a certain item, concept or brand, you can proof so via the intelectual property record provided by your national goverment. However, the procedure is not as easy as it seems. Sometimes, some conflictive situations can arise, that even go beyond the simple dispute over intelectual property rights. A trademark attorney has the skills and the knowledge to handle these situations properly and counsel you about how to deal with their multiple aspects for your greatest good. Read More...

Register a Trademark

It is almost essential to register your company’s trademarks as it is very important. It is actually one of the most vital assets of your company. Everything that is exclusive to your business can be protected by a trademark. Though it is always not necessary to take help of an attorney when you want to get your trademark registered yet, it is always better to take professional help. Many of those who think that the process is easy and without pitfalls could experience otherwise in their venture later on when they move ahead with the process.


Why Do You Need a Trademark Attorney?

If you want to know why it is difficult for an individual to handle the process without an attorney, it is simply because a trademark attorney is wary about all the rules and is especially trained to handle these issues in a clients favour. The attorney would put in his best to protect the client’s rights against the intention of others who might try to breach the intellectual property law. With a registered trademark you can hold on to your own creations with legal rights. Read More...

When do you need a Trademark Agency?

What is a trademark?

“No matter what marketplace you operate in; no matter the size and scope of your firm, a registered trademark is simply a must for your business. It will serve to protect, differentiate and add-value to what you do and therefore make your business stand out in the crowd.” Dr. Jonathan Elms

In this picture, we see some of the most famous trademarks that have been registered in the world. Now, you may be wondering What is a trade mark and why register?. If you take a closer look at the trademarks in this picture, you will soon realize that they are all distinctive signs which enable the manufacturers of specific products or services to differentiate their products or services from other products or services in the market. Some common signs that can be the object of trademarks include: names, figures, stamps, letters, seals and shapes as seen in the picture.


Patent Agency Specializing in Technical Patents Design Patents

People who mother new ideas or designs of products often look for patenting them. The process surely improves the safety for their new invention. You may have a unique design for the building industry or may have conceptualised and designed a product for speeding up some culinary process which may revolutionize the related industry.

Whatever may be the origin of your innovation, a patenting process will nexus between your creativity and your ultimate business goal, which will keep others away from stealing your idea and claiming it to be theirs.

What is Better for Patenting: An Agency or Individual Effort?


Initial Considerations for trademark registration


What is a trademark?

Consider this - you may have designed an extremely functional and visually appealing product. It could also be possible that you are offering a service that is unique and special. In this regard, it becomes important that your product or service gets an identity. Something can people associate with and instantly connect with you. A trademark serves as this identity.

In its basic terms, a trademark is a symbol, a design, a name or any other such detail that is immediately recognizable to a particular brand, company, product or service. It is the impression of a public or private entity (company or individual) that will identify the services or products that they offer and create a distinct uniqueness about them. With some understanding of trademarks, you will be able to create a unique and perfect trademark for your business. Trademarks are very important for any business to create a competitive edge and to ensure that its customers remain loyal due to the brand recognition that the trademark offers. Entities that have trademarked their name or symbol or any other such representation use the letter ‘TM’ or the symbol - Ⓡ to indicate their uniqueness.

A trademark gives your business its unique presence. It also ensures that your innovative products are not offered by your competitors. Without a trademark, there is a good chance that the products or services you offer will just get lost in the crowd. Read More...

An introduction to Design Registration

What is industrial design?

Virtually any product that we can buy or find in the shelves of a shop is not only a functioning group of pieces. Even though there are some objects whose purpose is to serve a certain utility - in example, a nutcracker is meant to crack nuts, a computer is meant to compute and run software, and a bottle is meant to contain some liquid - there is more to those objects that their particular functions. A bottle will not only contain a beverage or some detergent. It will also have a certain shape, colour, texture, size and feel. 

Choosing the right look for a product is more difficult and more important than it seems. The buying intention of potential customers is heavily influenced by the aesthetics of a product or its packaging. The design of objects conveys feelings and messages, therefore the right design will communicate to the buyer something that they will see as possitive - and thus they will be more likely to buy that product.


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