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22 October 2018

Trade secret worries stall $4.1bn Chinese acquisition in Chile

Stake in mining giant would shore up China’s position in the battery tech supply chain. But top shareholder tells Chile’s highest court that the investment could result in loss of trade secrets.

26 September 2018

Industrial property renewed in Mexico: risks and challenges for applicants and practitioners

The year 2018 will be remembered as the time in which the Mexican industrial property system underwent its most significant changes in nearly 25 years.

25 September 2018

Patenting in Brazil

The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has been facing an application backlog problem for a long time.

25 September 2018

Turrialba cheese: a tasty designation of origin

Geographical indications have allowed for trademark protection within numerous multilateral, bilateral and regional trade agreements.

24 September 2018

<strong>Postponement of ruling on key pharma “pipeline patents” case leaves Brazilian life sciences industry in lurch</strong>

Supreme Court has taken nearly a decade to rule on a constitutional challenge to a controversial law allowing pharma companies to bypass the regular patenting process

20 July 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment. 

20 June 2018

IPBC Latin America to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 29th November

New addition to IPBC family to throw spotlight on IP strategy and value creation in the region. 

25 May 2018

Medical use of cannabinoids – analysis of Brazilian authorities’ position

The medical use of cannabidiol – one of several cannabinoids found in plants belonging to the cannabis genus – has increased significantly over the past two decades.

25 May 2018

Modernisation of international treaties – impact on life sciences

Mexico’s statutory IP law, the Industrial Property Law (enacted in 1991 and modified in 1994), resulted from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations with the United States and Canada and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs).

24 January 2018

Four Brazilian patent prosecution particularities you should know about

From expedited examination to voluntary modifications, the key factors that IP owners should consider when filing in Latin America's largest market. 

17 January 2018

Bridging the great divide

Recent case law suggests that the National Health Surveillance Agency and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office are finally harmonising to clear the growing backlog of unexamined pharma-related patent applications in Brazil.

10 January 2018

Pulling the plug on INPI’s patent backlog

The government is expected to launch an emergency measure to eliminate the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office’s patent backlog by automatically granting 231,000 pending non-pharmaceutical applications.

12 October 2017

The IT continuum: challenges to IP and relationship management

The Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are IT mega-trends that are not only evolving rapidly, but also infiltrating practically every industry, including agriculture, transformation industries, healthcare…

09 August 2017

Government may grant 230,000 pending patent applications to eliminate backlog

The government is considering an emergency measure to eliminate the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office’s chronic patent backlog by automatically granting 230,000 pending applications by 2020.

13 June 2017

IP rights protection and enforcement strategies for plant innovations in Mexico

Biotechnology has made significant contributions to the advancement of medicine, agriculture and industry. This includes both the development of naturally occurring materials (eg, genetically engineered biological materials) and the enhancement of…