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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

Monsanto prevails in key $7.7 billion Brazilian licensing lawsuit
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

4 Sep 2019

The how's and why's of shutting out patent infringers in the Americas 

While injunctions are valuable instruments their availability varies widely around the world. In the first of a three-part analysis of the global landscape we focus on the three most populous countries in the Americas: the US, Mexico and Brazil

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18 Dec 2019

Coexistence of rights – plant variety and patent rights

The agribusiness sector has been rapidly developing thanks to large investments in technology. As a result, it is essential that innovations are properly protected. Safeguarding plant varieties is key, and there are multiple ways to go about doing so. Read more

11 Dec 2019

Intervention of third parties in patent nullity actions

Lawsuit judgments tend to affect the parties of the legal proceeding only, as they have participated in the constitution of a specific res judicata. However, in some cases, a decision has an impact on legal positions beyond those originally part of the proceeding – namely, on third parties’ legal interests. This is often the case in patent nullity actions. Read more

4 Dec 2019

Protecting Brazilian biodiversity and its relationship with the patent system

Biodiversity in Brazil has significant potential to treat many diseases and health problems. As such, it is of great importance in the R&D of drugs and compounds, which are protectable by patents. However, legislation on national genetic heritage must be accurately observed when filing for a patent. Read more

27 Nov 2019

Technology patents present a new challenge for INPI

Brazil has dropped significantly in international innovation rankings, now occupying the lowest positions in these boards. There is debate over the reason for the lack of development in the tech sector, especially with regard to patents based on AI and machine-learning technologies. However, the political situation and the National Institute of Industrial Property’s huge patent backlog are widely believed to be behind the fall. Read more

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30 Aug 2019

Trespassing prohibited

The availability of injunctive relief varies widely around the world. In our first analysis of the global injunction landscape we lift the lid on which jurisdictions provide the best opportunity for a sales ban Read more

22 Jul 2019

Brazilian patent office announces measures to tackle massive backlog

Much greater use of foreign search reports is probably the biggest change - but there are doubts as to how effective the measures will be 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

25 May 2018

Medical use of cannabinoids – analysis of Brazilian authorities’ position

The medical use of cannabidiol – one of several cannabinoids found in plants belonging to the cannabis genus – has increased significantly over the past two decades. Read more

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30 Aug 2019

Trespassing prohibited

The availability of injunctive relief varies widely around the world. In our first analysis of the global injunction landscape we lift the lid on which jurisdictions provide the best opportunity for a sales ban 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

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

24 Sep 2018

Postponement of ruling on key pharma “pipeline patents” case leaves Brazilian life sciences industry in lurch

Supreme Court has taken nearly a decade to rule on a constitutional challenge to a controversial law allowing pharma companies to bypass the regular patenting process Read more

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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

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

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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

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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

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