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Rio +20: Innovation for Sustainable Development


Brazilian Institute Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) is playing its role in Rio+20 in the fight against global climate change. Its contribution this time is the project regarding green patents which consist on accelerating the review of applications related to clean technologies.

Two months on its way and the project regarding green patents and its implementation has received 30 applications. INPI reports that the majority of the applications were received from São Paulo (43%) and they are related to alternative energy production or waste management. The applicants were divided as follows: 53% by companies or public institutions and 47% by private investors. The aim of the project -- receiving applications until April 2013, consists on accelerating the examination of patent applications that contribute to combat climate change. These requests will be examined in less than two years.

The date also was an opportunity to hear from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) and other related entities, such as the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES), the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Desennvolvimento (ABDI), the National Institute Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) and the Superintendency of the Manaus Free Zone (SUFRAMA).

Source INPI here and here.

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