Venezuela gets hit by hyperinflation exchange rates that reduce trademark registration fees from more than US $3000 to cents of a dollar. The IP Office suspends the collection until new regulations are issued.

Colombia IP Office decides that evidence that was not enough to prove use in one class is enough to prove the mark is famous, so there is still a risk of confusion.

SPEEDO Holdings B.V. filed an opposition against a local textile manufacturer who seeked protection for a similar boomerang device. The IP Office decided that even though the counterparty set out very detailed differences between the designs, the examination needed to see the marks as a whole, from the consumer's point of view, and rejected the application.

Bermeolaw is proud to contribute the Ecuador chapter to LATIN LAWYER Reference - Intellectual Property 2016. This chapter addresses key points of Intellectual Property regulation including: enforcement proceedings, structural remedies involving IP rights, trademark rights and protection, licenses, counterfeit, data protection, copyright, among other topics.

On Saturday, April 16th an earthquake with magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale hit the coast of Ecuador, together with over 315 replicas. While our Partner Pablo Bermeo and our International Associate Christopher Chemnitz survived at the very epicenter, there's been more than 650 casualties, over 2500 injured and countless people missing, and others left homeless.