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El Chavo del Ocho successfully opposes Don Ramón from being trademarked

By Vera Abogados - 05/08/2020

VERA ABOGADOS filed an opposition procedure against the trademark registration of “Don Ramón, más que un burro," requested at the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) by a Colombian food business to identify restaurants services.

Acting in name of Roberto Gómez Fernández, universal heir to all trademark assets and copyrights of Mexican actor and screenwriter Roberto Gómez Bolaños, VERA ABOGADOS argued that the requested trademark clearly reproduced the trademark Don Ramón, name of one of the main characters of El Chavo del Ocho, a Mexican television sitcom created by Gómez Bolaños which aired from 1973 to 1980 and gained until today huge popularity in Hispanic America.

"The possible use of said trademark and its application may constitute acts of unfair competition," said VERA ABOGADOS in defense of its client.

The SIC understood the arguments and therefore denied the registration of “Don Ramón, más que un burro”, establishing that the applicant effectively knew of the international recognition of El Chavo del Ocho and its related characters and trademarks, and, if registered, the applied could cause damage to the holder of those rights.

By Vera Abogados - 05/08/2020
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VERA ABOGADOS ASOCIADOS S.A.-, is a Colombian law firm with specialized lawyers, Founded more than 40 years ago, by Jorge E. Vera Vargas, Doctor in Law and Political Sciences of the La Gran Colombia University in Bogota D.C., Colombia. At present, with principal offices in the city of Bogota D.C., and offices in the cities of Cali, Medellin, Barranquilla, at national level, and at an international level in Ecuador and Panama.

The Firm is today a reference in the Andean Community, and it makes part of important international affiliations such as PRAGMA, EEIG. International Network of Law Firm, The International Trademark Association (INTA), Asociación Interamericana de Propiedad Industrial (ASIPI), Associação Brasileira da Propriedade Intelectual (ABPI), and the Chamber of Industrial Property Agents of the Republic of Argentina(CAPIRA).
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