Region: Latin America & Caribbean

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

13 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

11 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

04 May 2021

Brazil suspends drug patent extensions and reschedules key Supreme Court hearing for tomorrow

Long-running constitutional challenge putting 40% of patents at-risk set to be resolved, but further delays are possible

13 April 2021

Time is running out to help choose the IP Hall of Fame inductees for 2021

Nomination process has just a week to go, then the Academy makes its picks

08 April 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

22 March 2021

Another brick in the wall towards patents becoming fully-fledged assets

Announcing the creation of SPIF - a non-partisan, open standard, human readable solution for uniquely identifying patent assets that is consistent with existing formats

18 March 2021

The search for 2021’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame is underway

Nomination process now open with a new category introduced in memory of Todd Dickinson

01 March 2021

UK plan to join CPTPP raises questions about European Patent Organisation membership

On the face of it, the Comprehensive and Permissive Trans Pacific Partnership’s provisions on the grace period run contrary to those that apply in the EPC

04 February 2021

Six life sciences IP dealmaking trends to watch out for in 2021

Despite a turbulent 2020 for pharma transactions, it is possible to discern a few patterns for activity in the market this year

19 January 2021

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