Security Rights in Intellectual Property in Mexico

  • Laura Murguía-GoebelEmail author
Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 45)


The use of intellectual property as a security interest is relatively new in Mexico, and it is mainly used to promote access to credit for small and medium-sized enterprises. For this usage to be applied, it has been necessary to undertake important reforms in Mexican intellectual property rights legislation (1) and to create a modern framework of security rights (2). Despite these important efforts, there are still some obstacles that must be overcome and some practical aspects that need to be improved in order to make the creation of security rights over intellectual property in Mexico both efficient and successful (3).


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    Annex I: National Legal Framework for Security Transactions and IP in Mexico

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität WürzburgWürzburgGermany

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