Latin America & Caribbean

A snapshot of the global patent landscape in eight charts  

A recently issued WIPO report based on multiple data points sheds light on the state of play in worldwide patenting activity

A snapshot of the global patent landscape in eight charts  
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

11 Oct 2019

Data reveals strong growth in the number of female inventors, but there is still a long way to go

A report by the UK IP Office finds more women named on patents than ever before – but also that they remain woefully under-represented. We present the top takeaways from a very timely study

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20 Nov 2019

Fast-track examination for patents in Brazil: INPI launches unified Patent Prosecution Highway programme

On 22 October 2019 INPI launched Resolution 252/2019, which merges the rules and procedures of all the current Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)  pilot projects. All previous PPH pilot programmes will be revoked on 30 November 2019. According to INPI, the resolution aims to simplify procedures for both users and the office and expands the potential of these agreements, with the aim of reducing the patent backlog. Read more

13 Nov 2019

The burden of proof in patent lawsuits

While the Civil Procedure Code clearly states that plaintiffs must produce evidence on contested issues, this can be reversed if it is impossible or excessively difficult for the plaintiff to perform the duty or when evidence can be easily obtained by the other party Read more

23 Oct 2019

The barriers to obtaining a patent for Cannabis sativa-based drugs

Motivated by the increasing demand for patients who use cannabis for therapeutic purposes and the need to import the product, the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency has launched two public consultation proposals, which aim to create clear and transparent rules on technical requirements for cannabis-based drugs. Read more

9 Oct 2019

Use of Brazilian IP system by start-ups: filing numbers and main areas of interest

The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has released a report entitled “Use of Industrial Property System by Start-ups”, which combines data provided by the Brazilian Association of Start-ups with information in the INPI and Federal Revenue databases to analyse the use of industrial and intellectual property by start-ups in Brazil. The report found a relatively low number of IP mechanisms in use but determined that the most popular field among start-ups is IT services. Read more

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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

17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

Finance

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6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

22 Oct 2018

Trade secret worries stall $4.1bn Chinese acquisition in Chile

Stake in mining giant would shore up China’s position in the battery tech supply chain. But top shareholder tells Chile’s highest court that the investment could result in loss of trade secrets. Read more

FRAND/SEPS

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6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

23 Jan 2019

Welcome to the future of patents

New IAM research reports identify the key trends shaping the global IP market – and tell you how to respond Read more

Law & Policy

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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

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 Read more

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

Litigation

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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 Read more

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

17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

Market Developments

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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

17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

11 May 2019

Everything you ever wanted to know about global AI patent activity

WIPO has published an in-depth Technology Trends report focusing on IP in the artificial intelligence space. We provide the top 10 takeaways Read more

6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

Non practising entities

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6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more

Patent pools

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7 Mar 2019

More technology transfer needed for effective climate change mitigation  

Patent focus has shifted to energy storage as cost-effectiveness achieved for wind and solar power, but the failure to address the role of IP hinders transfer mechanisms     Read more

6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

Strategy

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17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

23 Jan 2019

Welcome to the future of patents

New IAM research reports identify the key trends shaping the global IP market – and tell you how to respond Read more

30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more

Technology licensing

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17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

7 Mar 2019

More technology transfer needed for effective climate change mitigation  

Patent focus has shifted to energy storage as cost-effectiveness achieved for wind and solar power, but the failure to address the role of IP hinders transfer mechanisms     Read more

6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

23 Jan 2019

Welcome to the future of patents

New IAM research reports identify the key trends shaping the global IP market – and tell you how to respond Read more

Trademarks

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21 Dec 2016

Trade dress: a broad umbrella of protection

The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure. As in any competitive market, original and innovative products or services – if successful – will attract unwanted attention from copycats, and a better understanding of how these can be protected by trade dress can thus be crucial. Read more

Trade secrets

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17 Jun 2019

Why it's time for the world of patents to embrace diversity and gender equality

Special IAM boardroom session at IPBC Global 2019 focuses on how to get more women involved in senior positions in the global IP market - and why everyone will win when it happens Read more

23 Jan 2019

Welcome to the future of patents

New IAM research reports identify the key trends shaping the global IP market – and tell you how to respond Read more

22 Oct 2018

Trade secret worries stall $4.1bn Chinese acquisition in Chile

Stake in mining giant would shore up China’s position in the battery tech supply chain. But top shareholder tells Chile’s highest court that the investment could result in loss of trade secrets. Read more

Valuation

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7 Jun 2019

Roche trumps rivals with strongest biotech patent portfolio

Trailing behind the Swiss giant are DowDuPont and Bayer, both of which have seen a drop in the value of their holdings Read more

6 Mar 2019

The state of play in the global IP market

IAM's annual benchmarking survey is designed to identify the key concerns of senior decision makers in areas such as deal-making, valuation, patent office performance, top litigation venues and policy  Read more

23 Jan 2019

Welcome to the future of patents

New IAM research reports identify the key trends shaping the global IP market – and tell you how to respond Read more

30 Nov 2018

Time is running out to nominate the world’s leading IP strategists

There is not much time left to make nominations for the 2019 edition of IAM Strategy 300, our exclusive guide on the world's best IP strategists. Read more