November 8, 2011

Recent Agreements Entered into by IMPI

By Antonio Campero

The Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI, for its acronym in Spanish) has always been very active in
entering into international agreements for the increased protection of intellectual property rights. Recently, IMPI
executed an agreement with the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). The agreement aims to
increase the growth of innovation and creativity of Mexico and Great Britain, while allowing both countries to
share better practices when enforcing intellectual property rights. The goal of this agreement is to support small
and mid-size industries in both countries, which contribute to economic development by means of the innovation
of new technology. Moreover, in the area of copyright and particularly software, IMPI entered into agreements
with the Business Software Alliance Mexico (BSA) and the Mexican Institute of Public Accountants (IMPC, for
its acronym in Spanish) in order to undertake a strategy to promote the legal use of software in companies
operating in Mexico under a campaign titled, “What’s in your system?” (¿Qué traes en tu sistema?). The purpose
of this agreement is for the parties involved to jointly carry out legal actions against the use, sale and distribution
of bootleg software, as well as the widespread dissemination of information regarding the legal, financial and tax
risks related to the illegal use of software. Mexico has notably stepped up efforts to promote the legal use of
software and thus the IMPI has been more engaged in the task of making regular visits to various companies in
order to verify the licensed use of software, thereby promoting its legal use. A company that is found not to have
the requisite software licenses may be prosecuted with extremely serious economic consequences. The illegal use
of software is certainly widespread in many countries. Mexico, however, is making major efforts to eradicate
such improper usage. Consequently, it is important that companies working in Mexico carefully review their
licensing and, if necessary, make proper arrangements to obtain corresponding authorizations from software
owners.


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