Pursuant to the Special Programme for the Improvement of Federal Public Administration Management (2008 to 2012) - the aim of which is to maximise the quality of goods and services provided by the Public Service Ministry and to improve the delivery of public services through developments in the information and communication technology sector - the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) has amended its procedures in order to make the Mexican IP protection system easier to use and more efficient. To implement this technological change, the IMPI has:
streamlined the filing process for industrial designs and trademark applications by allowing parties to file, make payments and submit applications online; and introduced an online industrial design search system available to IP system users. The shortterm goals of these initial strategies are to:
reduce the frequency of the most commonly made mistakes in filing applications; and make the examination procedure for industrial designs and trademarks more agile and efficient. Positive results
Fortunately - for both the IMPI and Mexican IP system users - recent statistics on the online application filing and design search systems are positive.
From January to March 2014, the IMPI received 3,566 efilings, a 152% increase on the 1,657 applications received in 2013. The total number of trademark applications received in the same period (ie, the first trimester of 2014) was 27,820. In the corresponding period in 2013, the IMPI received 26,718 applications - reflecting an increase of approximately 4%.
As can be seen from these statistics, online applications constituted almost 13% of 2014 first trimester filings, compared with 6% of 2013 first trimester filings - an increase of more than double. The popularity of the online filing system is thus likely to continue to grow significantly in the coming years, since it offers many benefits for IP system users and the IMPI is continually improving the platform in accordance with feedback from applicants and IP firms that use the online platform.
Finally, the IMPI granted 21,668 trademark registrations from January to March 2014, compared with 16,113 registrations in 2013. This represents an increase of approximately 35%. Therefore, the filing and granting process has clearly become more efficient and is consistent with the strategic objectives.
Industrial design applications In the first three months of 2014...