Region: Brazil

Public consultation on biotech patent examination guidelines

The National Institute of Industrial Property has launched a long-awaited public consultation on a proposal for new examination guidelines for patent applications in the biotechnology sector, which aims to promote innovation.

20 February 2019

INPI and JPO renew Patent Prosecution Highway agreement: applicants benefit from extension of covered technical fields

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office formalised the renewal of the Patent Prosecution Highway pilot project, which continues the provision of fast-track patent examination procedures and the sharing of information from examinations conducted by both offices.

13 February 2019

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

30 November 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

24 September 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.

20 July 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.

20 June 2018

Medical use of cannabinoids – analysis of Brazilian authorities’ position

Featured in IAM Life Sciences 2018

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.

25 May 2018

Four Brazilian patent prosecution particularities you should know about

From expedited examination to voluntary modifications, the key factors that IP owners should consider when filing in Latin America's largest market.

24 January 2018

Bridging the great divide

Recent case law suggests that the National Health Surveillance Agency and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office are finally harmonising to clear the growing backlog of unexamined pharma-related patent applications in Brazil.

17 January 2018

Pulling the plug on INPI’s patent backlog

The government is expected to launch an emergency measure to eliminate the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office’s patent backlog by automatically granting 231,000 pending non-pharmaceutical applications.

10 January 2018

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