Friday, 24 September 2010

Brazil and Korea working towards ‘green patents’

On September 22 the Brazilian Industrial Property Institute (INPI) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) signed a cooperation agreement focusing on the exchange of experiences and the promotion of IP in both countries.

The agreement was made during the Assembly of Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which is taken place in Geneva, Switzerland during the 20th and 29th of September.

Under the agreement, the two parties discuss topics such as the classification of ‘green patents’ which aims at the use of alternative energy sources and also, they discuss the quality control in granting rights. Moreover, they address programs for small and medium enterprises that will incentive the use of the intellectual property system so as to compete better in the market.

According to INPI, Brazil and Korea have increased their presence in the international IP system. Between 2000 and 2009 the Patent Cooperation System (PCT – WIPO) accounts that Korea applications has rose from 1578 to 8035, while Brazil grew from 178 to 493.

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