by Marta García
The National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI) has ranked as the second most innovative Intellectual Property (IP) office in the world, according to the World Trademark Review (WTR), the world’s only independent daily news and information service dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues internationally.
The IP Office Innovation Ranking is WTR´s annual project to recognize the IP offices around the world that are “committed to exploring value-add non-core offerings for users” with “boundary-pushing tools and services”.
In the third edition of WTR’s annual IP Office Innovation Ranking study, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has reached the top position for the third time in a row. Chile, which has achieved the top position in America, has shared second place with Spain and Singapore.
Over 100 IP professionals were contacted by WTR worldwide and invited to share their insights on the non-core services from their local IP offices.
The 2019 IP Office Innovation Ranking studied 50 of the leading trademark offices from around the world, examining three areas in particular detail: value-added propositions, online capabilities, and public outreach efforts.
WTR described INAPI, which was also among the 10 top IP offices in its inaugural study in 2017 as an agency that “is doing enough beyond maintaining a trademark register.”
Among the best-rated aspects of INAPI were the accessibility and quality of the trademark searching and processing tools available on its website.
“We have made an effort to improve our systems, so that online processing is our users’ first choice. Currently, 89% of trademark applications are filed through our website, which requires us to maintain a high standard of quality and efficiency in our processes,” said Mr. Esteban Figueroa, National Director of INAPI, commenting on the achievement.
In addition, the study emphasized INAPI´s efforts on public outreach, among which IP learning tools and the use of social media for reaching new audiences to stand out.
Regarding value-added propositions, WTR highlighted INAPI’s initiatives on technical advice and support to local entrepreneurs on IP matters.
In April last year, INAPI inaugurated its Technology and Innovation Support Center (CATI), backed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which provides entrepreneurs with IP search tools and assistance/training regarding technological information, database search, specific searches (e.g., novelty, prior art and infractions) and technology analysis.