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INPI reduces wait time for new deposits

INPI released this month the preliminary activity report for 2018, and compared the results of this year with previous years. The highlight of the report is the reduction of the stock of requests (backlog), which went from 358 thousand to 189 thousand, a decrease of 47%. This result is even more significant when we consider […]

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Cooking recipes and Copyright

Recently, the European Union’s highest court decided that the taste of a cheese does not qualify for protection. In accordance with the court the taste of the cheese could not be defined precisely in order to have protection of copyright. In Brazil, the copyright law stipulates that ideas and methods can not be protected as […]

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Pharmaceutical Patents and the problem of market monopoly

In a recent decision the Brazilian Trademark and Patent Office (INPI) granted to the company Gilead the patent of the drug sofosbuvir, used in treatment for hepatitis C. The granting of this patent re-ignited a very old, but important discussion revolving the conflict between patents and competition problems, especially in this case where the patent […]

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APPLE was allowed to use the trademark IPHONE

The Superior Court of Justice has issued a decision regarding the use of the trademark IPHONE in Brazil. The Brazilian company Gradient has registered the trademark in Brazil 06 years before Apple. For this reason the Brazilian Trademark Office has rejected the trademark IPHONE for Apple in 2013. After that, both companies have started a […]

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10 proposals to improve the Intellectual Property system in Brazil.

As it is widely known Brazil is, currently in amidst its presidential election, possibly one of the most heated and controversial of our history. That being said, like all controversy there is hope for improvement, including in matters related to Intellectual Property. With the intention to promote a more in-depth discussion about the subject the […]

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What are the difficulties in implementing Data Protection policies?

The aftermath of passing of the GDPR in Europe (and of the Brazillian Law of Data Protection) seems to be a very dark and dreary place, full of uncertainties, what, in some sense, is completely understandable. However, before dreading is important to assess the situation and pinpoint what are the difficulties in implementing any Data […]

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Brazilian Congress approves Data Protection Law

On a session held on July, 10th, the Brazilian Congress approved the Project 53/2018, that stablish several rights and regulations regarding the use, and protection, of data. The law is inspired in the earlier versions of the European Union, being, in this sense, a little more lax than the GDPR, however, it represents an important […]

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When it will be over? The the comings and goings of Direct Unconstitutionality Action 4.234

In the Brazillian judicial system one of the most relevant pending matters, due to its economic and social relevance, is that of the articles 230 and 231 of the Law 9.2792/1996, regarding the so-called “patent pipelines”. In short, this articles allows that patents acquired in other countries could be directly applied to Brazil without an […]

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