Seminar on Geographical Indications and Denominations of Origin
On October 8, INTA Chief Representative Officer of the Latin America and the Caribbean Office José Luis Londoño attended the Seminar on Geographical Indications and Denominations of Origin organized by the Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) in Santiago, Chile.
Authorities from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Ministry of Economy and Chilean Technical Cooperation Service (SERCOTEC) also attended the event, as well as experts from the Ministry of Agriculture. They discussed various matters related to geographical indications (GIs) and denominations of origin (DOs), including the challenges related to the promotion of products that have high social impact. SERCOTEC also provided information regarding the programs they offer in regard to GIs and DOs.
International exhibitors from Tequila and Café de Colombia, Juan Valdez also attended. They shared experiences in using DOs to promote their products and provided educational opportunities for the agricultural producers, artisans, and members of the fishing industry who attended the event. Issues discussed included the challenges associated with trading products protected by DOs and solutions that have shaped the success of producers in other countries.
Launch of Artificial Intelligence “Deep Learning” Tool at INAPI
On October 12, Mr. Londoño and INTA's Associate for Latin America and the Caribbean Office, Agustina Davis, attended a ceremony for the launch of an artificial intelligence (AI) tool based on “deep learning,” which was hosted by INAPI and the faculty of the Physics and Mathematics Sciences Department of the University of Chile.
Representatives of INAPI and faculty of the Physics and Mathematics Sciences Department presented their vision for a new trademark system, which was developed jointly by the two institutions using AI. They presented a new method for searching and comparing trademark labels using deep learning that will save examiners time when reviewing trademark applications. This new system may have other significant applications as well—not only for INAPI but for institutions such as customs, which could improve methods for seizing counterfeiting products.
INTA Attends ASIPI Congress
From November 25‒28, Ms. Davis attended the XX Congress of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 500 people from Latin America, North America, Europe, and Asia attended.
During the Congress, Ms. Davis had the opportunity to meet with INTA members from the region and discuss INTA’s Latin American subcommittees’ projects and initiatives in the region. She also met with ASIPI’s authorities and Latin American government officials.
INTA’s Latin America & the Caribbean Representative Office, based in Santiago, Chile, represents the Association’s 821 members across the region. Working in collaboration with staff at INTA’s headquarters in New York City, the Latin America & the Caribbean Representative Office leads the Association’s policy, membership, marketing, and communications initiatives throughout this region. To learn more about INTA’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, please contact INTA Chief Representative Officer of the Latin America & the Caribbean Office José Luis Londoño at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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