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Colombia launches second phase of its Intellectual Property project with Switzerland

By Vera Abogados - 13/11/2019
Colombia launches second phase of its Intellectual Property project with Switzerland

On November 1, 2019, the Colombian IP Office (SIC) officially launched the second phase of the Colombian-Swiss Intellectual Property Project (COLIPRI). The objective of the project is to strengthen the use of intellectual property rights in Colombia in order to contribute to higher competitiveness, add more value to Colombian products and make a positive impact on the country’s economic development.

The first part of the initiative, supported by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), lasted from January 2013 to September 2018. The COLIPRI project was aligned to the key socio-economic development priorities of the Government of Colombia, in particular the aim of modernising and diversifying its economy and narrowing the income gap between its rural and urban population. Among its goals and objectives are strengthening capacities in the SIC departments of trademarks, patents, IP searches and training in order for the SIC to be able to deliver new and enhanced services to IPR users; expert input and capacity building of the national geographical indications protection system; formulating a national knowledge and technology transfer strategy and fostering collaboration between the institutions working within it; providing support for the registration of new geographical indications (GI) products; and supporting Colombian stakeholders in starting work on a national traditional knowledge protection policy

A well-balanced intellectual property system encourages investment in modern technology, the building of strong local brands and technological innovation, all of which are needed to make Colombian companies more competitive at a global level. A strong intellectual property system in Colombia (as a major emerging market) is also in the interests of Switzerland, as a reliable and competent local intellectual property office can provide protection for patents, trademarks and GIs of Swiss companies”, the SECO stated in a press release. 

By Vera Abogados - 13/11/2019
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