Region: Latin America & Caribbean

Moving towards the compulsory licensing for exploiting Brazilian pharmaceutical patents for the treatment of covid-19

The House of Representatives has approved draft bill 12/2021, with some amendments. The bill creates a two-step compulsory licensing process and amends the provisions of the Brazilian Patent Statue (9.279/1996) on compulsory licensing of patents in cases of national emergency or public interest.

11 August 2021

FC Barcelona faces possible €137 million drop in brand value in wake of Messi’s departure

The Argentine superstar is also IP-savvy, with a trademark portfolio far bigger than any of his rivals for the crown of the world's best footballer

10 August 2021

New legal framework for business brings important changes to patents and trade names

Provisional Measure No 1040/2021 has great potential to improve the business environment in Brazil. In particular, it will have a positive impact on patents and trade names.

04 August 2021

INPI and National Council of Justice come together to further improve Brazilian judiciary specialisation in IP matters

The National Council of Justice and the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property have signed a technical cooperation agreement, which will provide IP training for magistrates and foster direct communication between the two institutions – a clear signal that Brazil is making strides to improve its IP landscape.

14 July 2021

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

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