Where We Work

Latin America

The attorneys and international department of Sughrue Mion offer our experienced services and counsel to clients in Latin America and clients doing business in Latin America.

Sughrue offers the expertise of Spanish-speaking attorneys with contacts throughout Latin America and the Caribbean who can provide local knowledge and resources regarding all aspects of Intellectual Property and Litigation. We understand the cultural and business practices of companies and law firms in Latin America, as well as the operations of the government bodies, including Patent and Trademark Offices, controlling Intellectual Property rights in countries throughout Latin America. We have experience in successfully handling Patent and Trademark issues for Latin American clients in the United States, and in working with local counsel to negotiate and handle Patent and Trademark applications and disputes throughout Latin America.

Sughrue attorneys are members of the Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI - Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property), and have developed strong working relationships with local law firms throughout Latin America to assist clients with all aspects of Intellectual Property law and a broad range of technologies.

USPTO Publishes Rules and Examination Guidelines for Implementing ‎the AIA First-Inventor-to-File Provisions ‎

On February 14, 2013, final rules of practice for implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith ‎America Invents Act (AIA) were published in the Federal Register. The first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA go ‎into effect on March 16, 2013.

Examination guidelines concerning the first inventor to file provisions were also published in the Federal Register ‎on February 14, 2013. The examination guidelines are provided to Office personnel and to the public to assist in ‎the implementation of the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA. The guidelines do not constitute substantive ‎rulemaking and do not have the force and effect of law. Nevertheless, the guidelines are an important source of ‎information for effectively practicing before the USPTO.

Links to the final rules and guidelines are below:

Changes To Implement and Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the ‎Leahy-Smith America Invents Act [TEXT] [PDF]

Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents ‎Act[TEXT] [PDF]