Region: Latin America & Caribbean

How Brazil is becoming a more favourable jurisdiction for life sciences patentees

Contrary to appearances, Latin America’s largest economy is developing a more favourable environment for pharma and biotech innovators.

12 August 2022

What made Colombia an attractive venue for Ericsson in its patent battle with Apple

The Swedish company has been a prolific filer in a country whose judicial processes strongly favour plaintiffs

11 August 2022

Ericsson v Apple and Nokia v Oppo are the shape of things to come

The widespread availability of mobile technology and increasing levels of wealth mean that old assumptions about patent filing and litigation are being rethought

22 July 2022

Ericsson SEP decision sees 5G iPhones banned in the Colombian market

Apple hit with blow in first decision of SEP/FRAND dispute with Swedish company

11 July 2022

INPI updates examination rules in order to drive down the patent backlog

A fresh ordinance extends INPI’s 2019 plan to reduce the backlog of pending applications by recognising search or examination results where these are available from foreign patent offices for corresponding applications in the same family.

18 May 2022

Brazil beats patent backlog with help of international searches and AI

The INPI harnessed examination work done abroad as well as cutting-edge technology to reduce pileup of applications by 80%

21 April 2022

INPI issues update on protection terms for patents covering pharma and non-pharma claimed matter

Patents covering pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical related matter will be subject to two distinct terms of protection, according to the latest publication from INPI. Applicants should check whether any pending cases are affected by this change.

13 April 2022

Brazil and France sign PPH and IP cooperation agreements

Keen to build on the success of its PPH programmes, Brazil has signed a memorandum of understanding with France that aims to facilitate technical cooperation in intellectual property.

06 April 2022

New law introduces changes to the remittance of royalties abroad

Recent developments in tax legislation will improve the process of remitting royalties arising from IP contracts. These include facilitating a smoother registration process and discarding existing limitations to royalty payments abroad

16 February 2022

Phase III of the PPH programme comes into effect

Brazil has consolidated its effective Patent Prosecution Highway strategy by extending the number of applications that can be submitted to the National Institute of Industrial Property.

19 January 2022

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