Region: Latin America & Caribbean

The IP Hall of Fame inductees for 2021 announced

Florent Gevers, Andrei Iancu, Fritz Lanham, Dan McCurdy and Laura Quatela are the five individuals selected for induction this year by the IP Hall of Fame Academy

06 July 2021

New legal framework for start-ups sets its sights on intellectual property

A new system designed to encourage entrepreneurship and investment in start-ups in Brazil has introduced a simplified regime for registering trademark applications and granting patent applications before the Brazilian National Institute for Industrial Property.

30 June 2021

AI and machine learning – what is patentable in Brazil?

As AI technology becomes more widely available, the number of AI-related patents is also on the rise. But how is Brazil, a country with a huge patent examination backlog, keeping up with global developments in AI patent rules?

16 June 2021

INPI public consultation opens the door to registration of position marks

The Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property has been implementing significant institutional and operational changes for the past two years in order to improve its standing among the leading IP institutes in the world.

02 June 2021

Brazil – southern appeal

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q2: A new dance

27 May 2021

Effects of the constitutional challenge of Brazilian patent term protection

A ruling from the Supreme Court has introduced some changes to Brazilian patent term protection. Applicants need to review their Brazilian patent portfolio to ascertain the ones affected by the ruling and to check pending applications where an existing fast-track routes might apply.

26 May 2021

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

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