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February 22, 2016

Arochi & Lindner became the first firm to manage the first two Certificates of Deposit of biological organisms in Mexico

by: Juan Luis Espinosa | Mónica Rodríguez

One of the requirements for the processing of patent applications is the disclosure of the invention, normally by means of a written description. However, where an invention involves a microorganism or other biological material such a description is not sufficient. That is why in the patent procedure of an increasing number of countries it is necessary not only to file a written description but also to deposit, in an international depositary authority, a sample of the microorganism.

The Culture Collection of the Centre for Genetic Resources (CNRG in Spanish), located in Jalisco, was recently recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as the first International Depository Authority (IDA) in Mexico. In the framework of this recognition is that Arochi & Lindner became the first firm to handle, together with our client Altus Biopharm, the first two Certificates of Deposit of biological organisms in Mexico in order to file a patent application before the Mexican Institute Industrial Property (IMPI), under the Budapest Treaty.

This presents a significant milestone that will position Mexico as a top-level technological center, enhance the local and national scientific innovation as well as provide direct benefits to patent owners that will see a decrease in both, time and costs inherent to the complex procedures concerning the deposit of microorganisms in international depositary authorities.

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