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Utynam visits ASIPI in Mexico City

The pan-American IP association ASIPI marked its 50th anniversary at its Congress in Mexico City from November 30 to December 3. Utynam was there to experience the occasion

From Acapulco to Mexico City

The 50th anniversary of the founding of ASIPI in Acapulco in 1964 prompted much reflection on the development of IP and the association over the past 50 years. A book, "ASIPI 50 Years of History" by José Carlos Tinoco Soares, of Tinoco Soares & Filho in Brazil, has been published and is available on the ASIPI website.

At the opening ceremony in the stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City's historic district, which is also marking an anniversary (its 80th) this year, medals were presented to all the former presidents, a number of honorary associates and the "founding fathers" who were there at the beginning.

Four of the latter were present at the ceremony and received a warm ovation from the audience, even if they did require some help getting up on to the stage. They were Peter Dirk Siemsen from Brazil, Miguel O'Farrell from Argentina, Cesar Guerrero Villagómez from Ecuador and Guillermo Sesma from México.

Life after the Federal Circuit

One of the speakers at the Congress was the former Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit, Randall Rader. He was taking part in a session on border measures, and used his time to encourage US patent owners to use the ITC to enforce their rights, and to reveal that he is in discussion with Chinese authorities about setting up a Chinese equivalent to the ITC.

Utynam caught up with Rader between sessions and asked him about life after the Federal Circuit. The former judge said he is busy with teaching, travelling and business opportunities. He also said that while he misses some aspects of being a judge, he does not miss all the reading involved: "For the first time in my career, I can take a flight without carrying a lot of briefs to read."

The future’s so bright …

Perhaps the liveliest presentation of the week was given by Caito Maia of Chilli Beans, the upstart manufacturer of sunglasses and other accessories, which featured Barbie, tattoos, rock music, TV reality shows, naked models and Lenny Kravitz. Utynam cannot do justice to it in this space, but Maia (a former pop star) certainly left listeners with the impression that his company is going places.

In fact, that is literally the case: Chilli Beans is already the market leader in Brazil, with a 22% market share, and plans to have 1,200 stores worldwide within a few years.

Famous inventions

Mexico is not just about tequila and tacos. Speaking at the opening session of the Congress, David Arellano Cuan of the Ministry of Interior noted that Mexican inventors have also made an impact around the world. He mentioned a few of the notable inventions to come out of the country: colour television (Guillermo González Camarena), the contraceptive pill (Luis Ernesto Miramontes Cardenas) and indelible ink used in elections (Filiberto Vázquez Dávila).

Next year's ASIPI Congress is in Cartagena. Can any readers suggest famous inventions from Colombia?


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