EUIPO announces free search engine for Andean TMs

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched CAN TMviewa free trademark search engine for Andean countries.

Users can now consult information on trademarks registered in Colombia and Peru with the search engine. Ecuador is in the process of joining the service and Bolivia is also expected to join soon.

EUIPO Secretary General for the Andean Community, Jorge Pedraza, announced the launch of CAN TMview as part of the EUIPO program IPKey Latin America project — aimed at supporting the growth of intellectual property protection in the region.

Pedraza said: “I am grateful for the cooperation of IPKey and EUIPO, as it reinforces the Andean digital agenda promoted by the CAN. This will make available to the 111 million citizens and intellectual property offices a unified and free search engine for Andean brands.”

IPKey Latin America project manager Pedro Duarte says the tool is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses in the EU who want to invest in the Andean region.

Duarte said: “The objective is to continue to improve the transparency, predictability and accessibility of intellectual property in the countries of the Andean Community, in addition to taking a step forward in the modernization of the practices of the offices of intellectual property towards a more user-friendly environment.”

CAN TMview is inspired by the global search engine TMview, also operated by EUIPO. China joined TMview in May, adding 32 million trademarks registered by China’s National Intellectual Property Administration to the database.

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