B&R Latin America IP LLC

Trademarks & Patents Management in Latin America

B&R Latin America IP LLC

Carrera 13 # 29-41
Oficina 234

Bogota 110311
Colombia

Phone+57 (1) 323-0233

Website www.brlatina.com
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B&R Latin America IP LLC is an intellectual property legal services firm based in Bogota, Colombia and with an office in Miami, Florida. They assist international clients with protection of their patent, copyright, trademark, and design portfolios in Latin America.


The company’s goal is to make clients’ intellectual property procedures as simple as possible in order to manage 18 jurisdictions with a single point of contact. They offer a solution to the problem of coordinating council in various countries and understand the local rules, timelines, and regulations of each national patent and trademark office, as well as the varying laws of each jurisdiction.

Their local agents are comprised chiefly of former in-house intellectual property counsel, former directors and officers at local patent and trademark offices, and lawyers. The firm’s team has more than 10 years of experience in intellectual property and provides a dedicated client experience manager to assist with the processes involved with applications and management of clients’ intellectual property matters.

Year this Office was Established: 1999

Languages: French, Spanish, English

Areas of Law






Additional Areas of Law: Patent Annuities; IP Management; Industrial Design.


Areas of Law Description

B&R Latina offers intellectual property legal portfolio management in Latin America.

- Trademark Management

Do you need to file a new application, renew or modify your trademarks in different Latin American countries? Dealing just with our firm is more cost-effective.

- Patent Management

Filing and prosecuting PCT and National Patent Applications in different jurisdictions is a huge work that clients don’t see. We can take care of it for you.

- Design Management

New industrial designs also need to be protected. Copyright protection is not always available. Let us help you with your needs in Latin America.



Lawyers

Alvaro Ramirez Bonilla Mr. Alvaro Ramirez Bonilla
Lawyer
Advertising, Business and Industry, Business Law, Commercial Law, Communication

  

Affiliations

  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Asociación Colombiana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ACPI)

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Articles Published by B&R Latin America IP LLC

 The Most Innovative Countries in Latin America

Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Colombia are the best rated countries in innovation in Latin America. In the rating made by The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2017, these five countries appeared as the best rated in the region. Chile in 46th place, Costa Rica in the 56th, Mexico in the 58th, Panama in the 63th and Colombia in the 65th.

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 New Electronic Gazette of Intellectual Property in Peru

The Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (Indecopi) in Peru, launched the 'Electronic Gazette of Industrial Property' free of charge, a digital tool for the publication of applications for registrations of distinctive signs, inventions and new technologies.

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 Uruguay’s Cigarettes will be Sold in a Generic Packaging

The Uruguayan government announced that the small boxes of the cigarettes will have a plain package in order to reduce the impact on the consumers in their country.

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 The Number of Women Inventors Has Increased Globally

The number of women who are actively patenting their inventions has increased over the last 20 years, according to a new study made by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Women has filed patent applications in different industries such as pharmaceutical and academic procedures in institutions.

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 Mexico Increases the Number of Patent and Trademark Applications in 2016

The number of patents and trademarks registered in Mexico have increase since 2015 and the numbers are rising for this year (2016). According to Miguel Ángel Margáin, Director General of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) reported that in 2015 the country reached the highest level in patent applications for inventions and trademarks, with 142,000 registered and with a total of more than one hundred.

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 Law 20, 243 Extends IP Benefits for Performing Artists, Directors and Scriptwriters in Chile

Sometimes artists are not aware of their Intellectual Property rights, and this means that they do not protect their creations, performances or even their names. Most of the times the ones that knows how to protect their patrimonial are the ones that have legal advising.

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 The Copyright Paradigm: Marrakesh Treaty

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.

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 Trademark Renewals in Latin America

Once your trademark is granted by the trademark office of the country where you registered it, a protection of 10 years is automatically granted from the date of the grant. In order to protect your trademark after those ten years you should file a trademark renewal and you will receive more time to protect your trademark.

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 Chile: The first Latin American Country that Has the WIPO CASE System

In 2011 the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO developed an initial system called WIPO CASE, and in 2012 they enhanced the platform for the patent offices of Australia, Canada and the UK. Since June 1, 2015, any patent office is allowed to join the system but they need to notify the International Bureau. The office of interest has the option to choose if they want to be a proving office or only have access to the system.

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 Brazil Joins the Hague Apostille Convention

On July 2015, the National Congress approved the participation of Brazil in The Hague Convention, and according to the Decree No. 8.660 the Convention has entered into force on August 14, 2016.

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 The Opposition System for Trademark Registration in Mexico Comes into Force

The Senate unanimously approved the Industrial Property Law reform proposal (Ley de la Propiedad Industrial) in which the trademark opposition system was projected and came into force on August 30, 2016.

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 The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office Informed of a Process to Speed up Trademark Oppositions

The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office (VPTO) has started a process to speed up decisions over trademark oppositions.

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 New Domain Extensions: Benefits and Opportunities for Businesses in Latin America

The Internet has become an important business tool for brand promotion. Any company that wants to successfully put its products or services across to the public can’t get around the benefits of the global online market anymore.

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 Important Facts of Franchise and Licensing Agreements in Latin America

Franchise agreements: In general terms, a franchise agreement is a contract in which one part known as franchiser, allows the use of its intellectual property (Know-how, trademarks, patents, copyrights, etc.) to another person, called the franchisee, with the aim of economically exploit a business or company within a given geographical area.

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 Authentication, Simplification, Granted IP Status in Latin America

The Hague Apostille Convention of 5 October 1961 was born out of the need to simplify the circulation of documents between different states and countries in the world. The convention applies only to public documents that need to be authorized. If both countries are part of the convention, an Apostille will be sufficient.

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 Drones and the Challenges of Intellectual Property

Intellectual property as an autonomous branch of Commercial Law, is beginning to face a new technological challenge, since there are some inventions that are seeking to have a place on the market and claiming a protectionist environment and guarantees rights for their holders.

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 The Colombian Patent and Trademark Office: Steps Towards the Future

Revolutionary changes will be implemented in the administrative software that is in charge of the distinctive signs in the Superintendence of Industry and commerce (SIC), Colombia’s trademark authority.

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 Take the Patent Prosecution Highway for a Faster Patent in Mexico, Peru and Colombia

There is a fast, efficient and economical way to file an application for a patent that is already register in another country, using the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH).

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 Access to Genetic Resources and Sustainable Utilization in Colombia

When we think about the economic development of Colombia we have to consider the importance of the biological diversity that this country has and the need to manage it in a sustainable and balanced way in the light of the needs of today's world.

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 New Legal Procedure for Trademarks in Paraguay

The National Direction of Intellectual Property (DINAPI) of Paraguay has issued a new circular No. 07/2015 to restructure the process of payment of fees for Trademarks renewals and the improvement of their legal services.

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 Get Protection and Security for Your Investments in Colombia

A legal framework that guarantees stability to international business is always desirable for any investor or company in any sector of the economy anywhere. Provided that each country has jurisdiction on its own territory, How to promote and protect business abroad? And how to avoid, or at least reduce, the political risk involved in doing business in a different country?

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 The Power of a Name as a Registered Trademark in Sports

Did you know that you can register your name as a trademark in sports? Many athletes know this and they obtain many benefit from this. Radamel Falcao, know as the ¨Tiger¨ or ¨Tigre¨ from Colombia’s soccer team, has a company named, Business Tiger S.A.S., his company manages all the sponsoring contracts and profits that the trademark FALCAO earns. Radamel Falcao had many trademark lawsuits with people that tried to use and register his name without permission.

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 Trademark Fees Will Increase in Argentina

The Trademark Direction of the National Institute of Industrial Property in Argentina decreed that the trademark fees will rise from October of 2015.

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 Abrupt Increase in Official Fees for Intellectual Property in Venezuela

Venezuela increased its prices on intellectual property.

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 How Much Should You Pay for a Patent Application in Chile?

Despite slight increases in Official Fees, Chile continues to be cheaper than the average of the region.

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 New Procedures in the Trademark Registration Process in Argentina

The National Institution of Industrial Property (INPI) in Argentina, has given an excellent use to their new technology, by improving and reducing the time and work done in the trademark registration process. Currently this procedure is not taking longer than 10 months to be ready and delivered to the applicant.

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 The World Intellectual Property Organization Database is Now Functioning

The World Intellectual Property Organization have a new database which is unique compared to other databases, private or public that the Intellectual Property (IP) has to offer. The purpose of this new technology innovation is to let the user interact in a world wide database.

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 The Colombian Patent and Trademark Office: Steps Towards the Future

The launch of the new software Sword (SIC) in April 2015.

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 A Game of Numbers: Numerals as Trademarks in Chile

Each country holds different criteria on the registration of numbers.

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 Now it’s Possible to Have a Brand Color in Colombia

Colombia protects the color of their brands.

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 Protect Your Inventions before it is too Late in Colombia and Chile

Colombia and Chile leading entrepreneurship in a study of 44 countries. The report of the World Economic Forum evaluated three dimensions: entrepreneurship, ambition (growth orientation) and innovation. B&R Latin America IP LLC promotes the protection of creations and trademarks because stay ahead involves responsibility.

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 Impressive Achievements for Peruvian IP

Good news from Peru! Significant increase in patent applications and faster processing times are signs of Peru taking it's place as a regional IP leader.

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 New Regulation for Patent Priorities Uruguay

DNPI (PTO) in Uruguay issued a resolution where the attorneys in charge of your case will have to keep the original documents with the translations and serve as custodians of the priority patent.

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 Get your Attorney Working with Your Designers B&R Tips

A common issue when providing legal representation and advice to start-ups and entrepreneurs is to find trademarks that were not created taking into account the legal side of the trademark’s wording and design.

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 Two Heads Are Better than One: Colombian-Swiss Cooperation

Yet another promising international cooperation project has started, this time between the Swiss government -specifically, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property- and several IP-related Colombian institutions.

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 IP Dispute Resolution: Emergence of the IP Judge Colombia

We have previously stated that Intellectual Property is an increasingly serious matter for Latin American nations as they become ever more competitive and integrated with the global economy. With the implementation of IP-specific courts in several countries, Latin America is going even beyond world standards on IP-specialization.

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 Ready, Set, Go!: International Trademark Registration in Colombia

The Madrid Protocol enters into force in Colombia. The domestic PTO and IP law firms get ready for the new procedures. Both foreign and domestic applicants will be greatly benefited by the protocol. Finally, after much anticipation from the national and international IP community, the Madrid Protocol is in force in Colombia. The first South American country to enter the Madrid System and the second in Latin America after Cuba.

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 Trademarks and Search Engines in Latin America - Colombia

One of the hottest topics in IP nowadays is the potential trademark infringement when trademarks are used as keywords in search engines. The issue arises when search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo! offer the possibility of ‘buying’ trademarks as keywords for showing sponsored results next to their search results.

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 PIIPA’s Project and Interview with Mark Davis - Colombia

On Friday 22nd of June 2012 we received Mr. Mark Davis, president and CEO of the Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors – PIIPA -, at B&R Latin America’s headquarters in Bogotá. Mr. Davis is visiting Colombia to launch PIIPA’s latest project: “Enhancing Opportunities in the Canadian Market for Innovative High-Value Colombian Agricultural Products”

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 Colombia: First Latin American Emerging Country to Ratify the Madrid Protocol

Colombia is the first Latin American emerging country to ratify the Protocol on the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks of 1989. The Constitutional Court of Colombia has recently declared the conformity of the law No. 1455 of 2011 with the Constitution. Such law ratified the Protocol and provided a new procedure for trademark owners to protect their trademarks in Colombia’s emerging market.

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 There is ‘Green’ to be Made on Green - Business Opportunities in Green Patents in Latin America

Since 2008 the intellectual property market has witnessed an impressive surge in the green patents sector, which has been largely influenced by concerns about climate change, the energy crisis, the increasing pollution of the air and seas, and the failure of the Copenhagen summit on climate change of 2009. Latin America is just catching up with this global trend, providing a unique opportunity for investors looking for both profit and meaningful investments for solving current global issues.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Venezuela

The registration process begins filing an application before the Venezuela Trademark and Patent SAPI , after in obout one month, the Trademark and Patent Office will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements. Whether the application is in order its publication in the Intellectual Property Gazette, otherwise it will make an observation.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Peru

The registration process begins filing an application before the Peruvian Trademark and Patent Office: national institute for the defense of competition an protection of intellectual property:INDECOPI, after in obout one month, the Trademark and Patent Office will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements. Whether the application is in order its publication in the Intellectual Property Gazette, otherwise it will make an observation.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Panama

The registration process begins filing an application before the Panamanian Trademark and Patent Office: he General Directorate of Registration of Industrial Property (DIGERPI) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, after in about one month; the Panamanian PTO will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements. Whether the application is in order its publication in the Official Gazette, otherwise it will make an observation.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Mexico

The registration process begins filing an application before the Mexican Trademark and Patent Office: the Mexican Trademark and Patent Office: Mexican Institute of industrial property IMPI after in about one month; the Mexican PTO will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements. Whether the application is in order its publication in the Official Gazette, otherwise it will make an observation.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Bolivia

The registration process begins filing an application before the Bolivian Trademark and Patent Office: SENAPI, after in about one month; the Bolivian PTO will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements. Whether the application is in order its publication in the Official Gazette, otherwise it will make an observation.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Chile

The registration process begins filing an application before the Chilean Trademark and Patent Office, after in about one month; the Chilean PTO will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements. Whether the application is in order its publication in the Chilean Official Gazette, otherwise it will make an observation.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Argentina

The registration process begins filing an application before the Argentinean Trademark and Patent Office, after in about one month; the Argentinean PTO will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements. Whether the application is in order its publication in the Argentinean Intellectual Property Gazette, otherwise it will make an observation.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Ecuador

The registration process begins with the filing of an application before the Ecuadorian Trademark and Patent Office. After approximately one month, the Ecuadorian PTO will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements.

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 Trademark Registration Process in Colombia

The registration process begins filing an application before the Industry and Trade Superintendence, Distinctive Signs Division, after in obout one month, the Colombian Trademark and Patent Office will make a preliminary examination to verify if the application complies with the formal requirements. Whether the application is in order its publication in the Colombian Intellectual Property Gazette, otherwise it will make an observation.

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