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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Patricia Covarrubia

Brazil on promoting and encouraging

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Two different events but covering the same matter i.e. IP promotion, have occurred this month in Brazil. Indeed, the Brazilian Instituto Nacional da Propiedad Industrial (INPI) keeps promoting and encouraging innovation in Brazil. The action taken by Brazil this week covered the following:

Brazil and WIPO

An agreement is on its way. The Federal Government of Brazil and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will expand IP cooperation between Brazil and the developing countries within South-South - especially in Africa. The role of Brazil is to lead as a supplier of aid and resources. The collaboration will be in the second half of this year, in Mozambique, where the English-speaking African countries will indicate Brazil as International Authority for International Search and Preliminary Examination for the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). As it is common, the Brazilian partnership will include several activities such as technical cooperation with the national intellectual property offices, conducting courses and events, production of informational materials and discussion on the future of the international IP systems.

Brazil and France
Brazilian’s INPI and the French Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (also INPI) held on March 2nd, the Innovation and Intellectual Property Workshop, in Rio de Janeiro. The event was aimed at discussing issues related to green patents and promoting the exchange of experience between the offices. Opening the event, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister and 1st Vice President of the Senate, and Fondation Prospective et Innovation’s President, stressed the importance of adding aptitude to innovation and noted that this objective will be achieved by the establishment of partnerships and multilateral and bilateral agreements, being these one of the ways to form a global thinking in innovation and industrial development. To this, the INPI Patent’s director, Mr Julio Cesar Moreno, added that Brazil, which has been an innovator in research issues and sustainability, has ceased to be a spectator to be a well known exporter of this idea. Patricia Carvalho Reis, Brazilian INPI’s researcher also commented on green patents and stressed the importance of these patents to the economy mentioning that the project will ensure more flexibility in the examination of patent applications related to clean technologies. Then, the CEO of GDF SUEZ, Gerard Mestrallert intervened noting that there is the need also to “find new methods of innovation for the distribution of gas, water and electricity in order to create a new relationship between population and consumption of these networks”.

Source INPI.

Patricia Covarrubia

Patricia Covarrubia