Managing Intellectual Property, June 2012
Having spent years litigating IP matters, I have shared the frustration of clients who have been forced to intervene in administrative litigation because they are being frivolously accused of having committed an administrative infringement; their trademarks have been misappropriated; or their IP rights are being attacked in an ungrounded manner, through counterclaims that are filed in response to infringement actions previously filed by the owner of the IP right.
The same situation occurs in copyright litigation, where you find opponents threatening absolutely ungrounded actions, and arguments contrary to the most basic principles of copyright and logic itself. It gets worse if you consider that any ruling coming from the Mexican Trademark Office or from the Mexican Copyright Office can be appealed through three or even more stages, which leads to scenarios of litigating one matter for seven or eight years. All this shows the urgent need for changes in Mexican Law in order to avoid the abuse of the judicial system, as well as to establish sanctions against attorneys who file notoriously ungrounded appeals, with the intention of merely extending litigious matters in an unjustified manner.
A good start would be mandatory...