Brazil

Bolsonaro vetoes Brazil’s first-of-a-kind compulsory tech transfer law

The president’s rejection of forced know-how licensing will now be reviewed by the country’s Congress, but a new patent suspension regime is set to come into force

Bolsonaro vetoes Brazil’s first-of-a-kind compulsory tech transfer law
Brazil on the cusp of passing landmark compulsory technology transfer law
19 Aug 2021

Brazil on the cusp of passing landmark compulsory technology transfer law

Life sciences innovators may be compelled to hand over trade secrets, data and biological materials under legislation that now only requires President Bolsonaro’s signature to become law

How innovators hit by Brazil’s shortened patent terms can mitigate their impact
11 Aug 2021

How innovators hit by Brazil’s shortened patent terms can mitigate their impact

The Long Read: Since the country's Supreme Court curtailed thousands of rights in May, those who hold them have been scrambling for ways to maintain their income streams. Ricardo Nunes explores the best options for those affected by the changes

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INPI introduces new proceedings now that ANVISA´s prior approval for pharma patents is over

Brazil’s recent overhaul of its procedures for handling patents is well underway. So far it is yielding positive results, especially with regard to pharmaceutical and biotechnology patents. Read more

8 Sep 2021

Pharmaceutical patent applications are no longer subject to ANVISA’s prior approval

As the Brazilian Ministry of Economy looks to boost the country’s market by introducing new legal measures, pharmaceutical patent holders and future applicants will no longer be required to go through two regulatory bodies. This should make obtaining patent approval in Brazil a much smoother process. Read more

11 Aug 2021

Moving towards the compulsory licensing for exploiting Brazilian pharmaceutical patents for the treatment of covid-19

The House of Representatives has approved draft bill 12/2021, with some amendments. The bill creates a two-step compulsory licensing process and amends the provisions of the Brazilian Patent Statue (9.279/1996) on compulsory licensing of patents in cases of national emergency or public interest. Read more

4 Aug 2021

New legal framework for business brings important changes to patents and trade names

Provisional Measure No 1040/2021 has great potential to improve the business environment in Brazil. In particular, it will have a positive impact on patents and trade names. Read more

Designs

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30 Sep 2019

Europe and Latin America moving to marriage, but IP could be grounds for divorce

The recent trade accord agreed in principle between the EU and Mercosur promises to deliver significant benefits, but political controversies around issues such as data protection and SPCs mean that the deal is not yet sealed Read more

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8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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30 Jul 2015

Brazil joins India as a jurisdiction in which patent-light Chinese smartphone makers may fear to tread

It increasingly looks like we are on the cusp of entering a second round of smartphone patent wars, driven by the expansion of China’s fast-moving, lower-end mobile device manufacturers outside of their home markets. Earlier this month, Brazil’s…

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Law & Policy

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13 May 2021

Brazil shortens term of thousands of pharma and medical device patents

Life sciences IP owners feel the full force of a landmark Supreme Court judgment Read more

11 May 2021

Brazilian Supreme Court set to decide whether tens of thousands of patents live or die

Up to 30,000 individual grants are at risk as the country’s highest court decides whether to retroactively apply a landmark ruling it handed down last week Read more

4 May 2021

Brazilian Senate passes compulsory covid-19 know-how licensing bill

Vaccine owners may be forced to hand over trade secrets or have their patents cancelled under legislation endorsed by the upper house of the country’s Congress Read more

3 Sep 2020

Brazil’s first national IP strategy heralds benefits for biopharma innovators

Plans are afoot to review several contentious life sciences patent issues in Latin America’s largest economy Read more

Litigation

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27 May 2021

Brazil – southern appeal

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13 May 2021

Brazil shortens term of thousands of pharma and medical device patents

Life sciences IP owners feel the full force of a landmark Supreme Court judgment Read more

22 Mar 2021

Thousands of patents at risk of cancellation in Brazil

A constitutional challenge before the Supreme Court that seeks to expunge over 35% of active Brazilian grants, as well as more than 10,000 pending applications, is scheduled to be heard in April Read more

10 Jun 2020

The US and Germany top for patent litigation, say survey respondents

IAM benchmarking results send mixed messages about the UK, but show increasing interest in China, India and Brazil Read more

Market Developments

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5 Aug 2020

How compulsory patent licensing could be used to combat covid-19 in the Americas

As the race to find coronavirus cures intensifies, we explore how legislation might be deployed in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the US to ensure inventions are shared Read more

24 Apr 2020

Private equity investor buys majority stake in IP pioneer Ocean Tomo

New capital will help Chicago-based business scale-up as it looks to develop new marketplace, says firm's head Jim Malackowski; possible expansion of international arm into India and Brazil also being considered Read more

8 Aug 2019

Key pharma and agrochemical patents under threat in Brazil after court ruling

Owners face having the terms of their so-called mailbox rights reduced after decision overturns rules designed to counter chronic applications backlog at the country’s IP office Read more

20 Jul 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment. Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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30 Nov 2018

Local players make case for Brazil as monetisation hub although spectre of huge patent backlog looms large

Inaugural IPBC Latin America throws spotlight on untapped potential of region’s largest economy although Volkswagen’s long wait for grants underline challenges that rights owner face in country Read more

8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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30 Jul 2015

Brazil joins India as a jurisdiction in which patent-light Chinese smartphone makers may fear to tread

It increasingly looks like we are on the cusp of entering a second round of smartphone patent wars, driven by the expansion of China’s fast-moving, lower-end mobile device manufacturers outside of their home markets. Earlier this month, Brazil’s…

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Patents Law

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27 May 2021

Brazil – southern appeal

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13 May 2021

Brazil shortens term of thousands of pharma and medical device patents

Life sciences IP owners feel the full force of a landmark Supreme Court judgment Read more

11 May 2021

Brazilian Supreme Court set to decide whether tens of thousands of patents live or die

Up to 30,000 individual grants are at risk as the country’s highest court decides whether to retroactively apply a landmark ruling it handed down last week Read more

4 May 2021

Brazilian Senate passes compulsory covid-19 know-how licensing bill

Vaccine owners may be forced to hand over trade secrets or have their patents cancelled under legislation endorsed by the upper house of the country’s Congress Read more

Strategy

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3 Sep 2020

Brazil’s first national IP strategy heralds benefits for biopharma innovators

Plans are afoot to review several contentious life sciences patent issues in Latin America’s largest economy Read more

24 Apr 2020

Private equity investor buys majority stake in IP pioneer Ocean Tomo

New capital will help Chicago-based business scale-up as it looks to develop new marketplace, says firm's head Jim Malackowski; possible expansion of international arm into India and Brazil also being considered Read more

20 Jun 2018

IPBC Latin America to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 29th November

New addition to IPBC family to throw spotlight on IP strategy and value creation in the region. Read more

8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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Technology Licensing

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4 May 2021

Brazilian Senate passes compulsory covid-19 know-how licensing bill

Vaccine owners may be forced to hand over trade secrets or have their patents cancelled under legislation endorsed by the upper house of the country’s Congress Read more

5 Aug 2020

How compulsory patent licensing could be used to combat covid-19 in the Americas

As the race to find coronavirus cures intensifies, we explore how legislation might be deployed in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the US to ensure inventions are shared Read more

5 Nov 2019

Monsanto prevails in key $7.7 billion Brazilian licensing lawsuit

In a big win for patent owners, the first-of-its-kind ruling upholds biotech innovators’ rights to collect royalties on saved GM seeds Read more

8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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Trade Secrets

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3 Sep 2020

Brazil’s first national IP strategy heralds benefits for biopharma innovators

Plans are afoot to review several contentious life sciences patent issues in Latin America’s largest economy Read more

8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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Valuation

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24 Apr 2020

Private equity investor buys majority stake in IP pioneer Ocean Tomo

New capital will help Chicago-based business scale-up as it looks to develop new marketplace, says firm's head Jim Malackowski; possible expansion of international arm into India and Brazil also being considered Read more