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August 26
INTA’s Delegation to Latin America: Building Bridges in New Territories

​As part of INTA’s international expansion strategy, and to deepen its presence and influence in region, the Association recently sent a delegation to Latin America. Composed of INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and External Relations Associate for Latin America Gabrielle Doyle, as well as local members from each country, the delegation stopped first in Cuba, and then visited Argentina, Chile and Peru. This was INTA’s first official delegation visit to Chile, Cuba and Peru, and the first to Argentina since 2004.

Cuba

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INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and ASIPI President Juan Vanrell meet with staff from the Cuban Intellectual Property Office

Etienne was joined by ASIPI President Juan Vanrell in Havana, Cuba. They met with officials from various Cuban authorities, including the Ministry of Justice and the Intellectual Property Office, to discuss future collaboration and training opportunities. Etienne and Mr. Vanrell were pleased to see the strong interest and welcomed response from the Cuban authorities. With the opening of the Cuban economy to the U.S. market, INTA hopes to play an important role in enhancing the IP landscape of the developing Caribbean nation.

Argentina
Argentina_1.jpg Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires

Next stop for the delegation was Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over the course of two days, Etienne, Gabrielle, Mr. Vanrell and various INTA members hosted an Examiners’ Training on three-dimensional (3D) marks for over 30 examiners. They also met with representatives from the following institutions:

•The Argentine National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)
•The Argentine Confederation of Medium-Sized Companies(CAME) 
•The Argentine Association for Intellectual Property Agents (AAAPI)
•The Customs Authorities from the Federal Administration of Public Revenue 
•The Chamber of Commerce of Argentina
•The National Appellate Chamber
•The Association of Judges and Judicial Officials

Chile
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Plaza Bulnes in Santiago de Chile

Following Buenos Aires, the delegation traveled to the Andes-encompassed city of Santiago de Chile, where they were generously hosted for two days by the Chilean National Institute of Intellectual Property (INAPI). While in Santiago, the delegation met with the President of the Supreme Court of Justice and held two training events in conjunction with INAPI, including an Examiners’ Workshop on plain packaging, 3D marks and distinctiveness and a Trademark Administrators Roundtable on best practices.

Peru
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INTA Delegation in Peru at the INDECOPI offices after signing the MOU

The last stop on the trip was Lima, Peru. The visit kicked off with the first-ever Examiners’ Training with the Peruvian National Institute for Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) to over 35 examiners. A highlight of the occasion was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between INTA and INDECOPI, marking the fourth cooperation agreement in the region for INTA. The last day of the ten-day journey included meetings with the Peruvian Ministry of Production’s Commission to Combat Customs Crimes and Counterfeiting and the Supreme Court of Justice of Peru, during which the delegation discussed a variety of collaboration opportunities, including Unreal Campaign educational sessions and judicial training. 

It was a whirlwind sojourn but also a great success. INTA thanks our members in Argentina, Chile and Peru for their support, enthusiasm, expertise and active participation. For the full article on the delegation’s trip, please read the September 1st INTA Bulletin. INTA staff members look forward to joining local Association members at the 2015 ABPI / AIPPI International Congress, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in October. For more information about INTA activities in Latin America, please contact Gabrielle Doyle at gdoyle@inta.org​.


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