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Bolivian Cyber Activists Uncover Potential QR Code Patent
Written by Pablo Andres Rivero On 12 December 2012 @ 18:00 pm | 1 Comment
In Bolivia, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Economics & Business, English, Latin America, Spanish, Technology, Weblog
Bolivian cyber activists worked collectively to unfold a potential unlawful patent over the use of Quick Response Codes, known as QR codes , in the country.
Earlier this month, Bolivian netizen @hermany  [es] sparked curiosity when he enquired on Twitter about the alleged patented use of QR codes in Bolivia:
Following up with the collective enquiring under the hashtag #QRBolivia , blogger Mario Durán from El Alto got in touch with the Intellectual Property National Service  [es] (SENAPI in Spanish) and representatives of the company.
Mario has been posting regular updates on the case in his blog  [es] under the question, “Can the use of QR codes in Bolivia be patented?”
According to the information gathered by Mario, Advice Marketing officially states  [es, pdf] that QR codes can be publicly used just by notifying them in advance. Meanwhile, officials from SENAPI confirmed  [es] that the company applied for the patent back in September 2012; however, SENAPI has not issued a resolution on the matter (the legal term to reach a decision is 18 months). Therefore, such patent or restriction may not be applicable.
Bolivian cyber activists will surely keep a close watch on the issue as the case develops in the coming months. You can follow their discussion under the hashtag #QRBolivia .
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URLs in this post:
 QR codes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code
 @hermany: http://twitter.com/hermany
 @hermany: https://twitter.com/hermany/statuses/276065418312040448
 #Boliva: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Boliva&src=hash
 #Tech: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Tech&src=hash
 #fraude: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23fraude&src=hash
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lydiashiningbrightly/7815685436/in/photostream/
 @danicotillas: https://twitter.com/danicotillas
 shared a screenshot: https://twitter.com/danicotillas/status/276152451806138369/photo/1
 #QRBolivia: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23QRBolivia&src=hash
 Intellectual Property National Service: http://www.senapi.gob.bo/
 in his blog: http://bolivianueva.blogspot.com/2012/12/el-uso-de-codigos-qr-puede-ser.html
 officially states: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bz1-KBWuBeRUZldMN0loWGlPZzQ/edit?pli=1
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