Rules for Divisional Patent Applications Change before the Colombian Patent Office
Autor: Zulma Cepeda
The Colombian Patent Office (CPO) issued Resolution No. 59669 dated September 25, 2020, whereby it established new rules for divisional patent applications. The new rules are a welcomed change from the previous complicated, inefficient and time consuming requirements. The changes include eliminating the previous requirement to remove from the divisional’s specification any matter directed to the parent application, and also flexibilizing the patentability examination procedure when unity of invention is objected.
Is the Chain of Custody the Only Mechanism Available to Authenticate and Identify Physical Evidence in Criminal Proceedings in Colombia?
Autor: J. Ian Raisbeck
Recent decision SP-2020 issued by the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice - Criminal Cassation Chamber (SCJ - Criminal CC), dated April 29, 20201, provides a clear explanation over the mechanisms provided for by the Criminal Procedure Code to authenticate and identify physical evidence, which go beyond the use of the chain of custody. As such, even though the chain of custody is an ideal mechanism to identify and authenticate physical evidence, it is not the only available mechanism.