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WIPO To Support South American Patent Collaboration

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

07 March 2011

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has responded positively to a request by a group of nine South American countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay – to assist in their efforts to improve services to local and international users of their intellectual property (IP) system.

WIPO was informed that a regional project has been agreed “to develop a common platform that allows the integration, exchange of information and system compatibility for the nine participating countries.” The project is referred to as PROSUR (regional cooperation system on IP), and will work initially through sharing patent examination results and other IP resources.

WIPO’s involvement has been requested as a “specialized cooperating agency of the project…to develop the general support for the PROSUR process.” In that regard, WIPO has developed a technology platform called ‘WIPO CASE’ which allows for the sharing of confidential search and examination information between IP offices and is already being used or evaluated by other regional groupings.

“WIPO CASE offers a platform for patent offices to share information and reports relating to patent search and examination. The platform should thus contribute to enhancing the quality and efficiency of search and examination,” said WIPO’s Director General Francis Gurry.

WIPO will assist PROSUR members in this regional integration project by developing the necessary infrastructure, including use of the WIPO CASE platform, the training of patent examiners and other IP professionals, and in strengthening ongoing horizontal cooperation efforts to support PROSUR.

TAGS: Suriname | patents | Chile | Paraguay | Uruguay | intellectual property | Colombia | Ecuador | patent search | Brazil | Peru | Argentina

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