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December 20, 2017 General

Regional workshops organised in Latin America to extend benefits of EUIPN tools to non-EU IP Offices


A series of Regional Workshops took place in Latin America from 27 November to 20 December 2017.

The four regional workshops, in Colombia, Antigua/Barbuda, Cuba and Argentina, were organised under the framework of EUIPO’s bilateral international cooperation activities (Extension of tools project).

The workshops focused on extending the benefits of the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN), in particular the tools developed under the Network.

They served as a multilateral and collaborative platform with non-EU IP offices, facilitating the exchange of information and experiences related to the work of the EUIPN.

A total of 32 non-EU IP offices and three Secretariats (Andean Community, Cariforum and Mercosur) were invited to participate in the regional workshops.

Experts from these non-EU IP offices had the opportunity to exchange information, knowledge and experiences with EUIPO experts.

Experts from OEPM and INPI Portugal also participated in the discussions by explaining the impact of such tools in their practices. Both offices are active members of the EUIPN and have implemented the Network’s tools.

This has helped to identify tools of interest for the participating Offices and define future joint actions for implementation, both for their benefit and for the industry in the region.

The EUIPO’s 2020 Strategic Plan (SP2020) is to deliver high-quality products and services to trade mark and design users, which requires expanding its focus to the international arena.

Line of Action 4 of the SP2020, in particular, supports the Strategic Goal 3 ‘Building network convergence with global impact’.

Line of Action 4 includes the Office’s strategy to extend the benefits of the tools and practices developed by the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) beyond the borders of the EU, in the interest of users, particularly SMEs.