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31 July 2019

A stellar line-up of IAM events planned for the rest of 2019

A rundown of the IPBC and one-day, subject-specific conferences due to be held on five different continents between October and December

26 July 2019

Switzerland once again named as the world’s most innovative country

New research finds that Europe is ahead of the rest when it comes to the quality of innovations and also leads in filing international patents

24 July 2019

Possible changes to patent litigation battleground in Brazil

The Centre for Legal Studies of the Council of the Brazilian Federal Justice recently issued 35 amendments to the business law regime. Nine of these amendments were in connection with IP issues and the changes represent a turning point in venue jurisdiction for IP lawsuits.

22 July 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

17 July 2019

Superior Court of Justice finds AIDs medication patent granted under pipeline system valid, despite administrative error

The Superior Court of Justice has deemed an AIDS medication patent to be valid, despite an administrative flaw in its analysis procedure before the National Institute of Industrial Property. The court stated that administrative errors in patent nullity actions should be treated individually and, in this case, affirmed that the expected result was achieved.

03 July 2019

New legislative bill could be the answer to patent backlog

The Brazilian National Congress is currently processing a legislative bill, which seeks to amend the Industrial Property Law. If approved, it will give the National Institute of Industrial Property a great deal more autonomy and accelerate the examination of trademark and patent applications.

26 June 2019

Specialised courts in IP matters ensure greater protection for rights holders in Brazil

Intellectual property is of strategic and fundamental importance in the contemporary world and a robust IP protection regime is essential for any country that wishes to establish itself as a world economic power. The creation of specialised courts to decide IP lawsuits in Brazil has been a crucial step in ensuring high-quality decisions and reducing the duration of litigation.

19 June 2019

Patent infringement actions: the grey area of statutes of limitations 

Establishing a statute of limitations for judicial claims is a fundamental part of any law that foresees indemnification for damages. However, courts have not been able to form a solid understanding on the milestones when it comes to patent damages. Currently there are three positions, based on the precise moment that a company becomes unequivocally aware of the violation of its patent.

17 June 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

07 June 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

29 May 2019

Amending patent applications after examination requests: the controversy continues

The 25th Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro has handed down a decision on the Federal Public Prosecutors Office’s (MPF) public civil action against the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) to challenge Resolution 93/2013, which used provisions from Article 32 of the IP Law. The court ruled in favour of INPI; the MPF has subsequently appealed.

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

08 May 2019

INPI’s role in patent nullity actions – which side will it choose?

The National Institute of Industrial Property’s (INPI) standing in nullity actions has been raised before federal courts in the past few years, with the understanding that it is a defendant, rather than a mere assistant, in proceedings seeking the annulment of its administrative acts. However, a recent decision handed down by the Superior Court of Justice sheds new light on this issue.

01 May 2019

CAS collaborates with INPI to help battle patent backlog

The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property has announced a partnership with CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society that specialises in scientific information solutions. It is hoped that CAS’s information systems will help to speed up patent application processes and reduce the backlog that has hampered the patent system for years.

24 April 2019

Machine learning: is there a limit to technological patents in Brazil?

On 31 January 2019 WIPO released its first report on a new initiative, which tracks technological development based on data analysis of innovative activities. Findings indicated an increase in AI invention filings and a considerable focus on machine-learning techniques.