Recourse for intellectual-property theft in China is improving, but new risks are emerging

Dan Ovsey, Financial Post, National Post  [Extract] Just how risky it is to do business in China is difficult to quantify. Given the unreliable and often self-serving nature of China’s information system, the number of IP-theft incidents is difficult to ascertain. … Brad White, a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Chair of the […]

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Di Blasi, Parente & Associados joins IR as our exclusive IP & Life Sciences Member in Brazil.

International Referral, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce Gabriel Di Blasi of Di Blasi, Parente & Associados. Gabriel has joined IR as our exclusive IP & Life Sciences Member in Brazil. Gabriel Di Blasi is industrial engineer, industrial property agent and lawyer. His practice covers domestic and international Intellectual […]

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Expediting Patent Examination in Brazil

Backlog: Patent backlog in Brazil causes delay in examination BPO reports average delays of 10 years for applications filed in the early 2000s Extreme cases have been reported to have taken up to 12 years Delays apply to both patent and utility model applications Slightly less for utility models (about 8 years) To view the […]

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New Brazilian Corporate Anti-Corruption Law Takes Effect

The practice of bribery, defined as the request, receipt, offer or promise of undue advantage to a government officer or employee, described in Brazilian Laws nº 10.763/03 (which has added some language to the Criminal Code and modified language regarding the crimes of active and passive corruption), nº 8.429/92 (Administrative Improbity Law), nº 8.666/93 (Bidding Law) and nº 12.462/11 (Law of Differential Public Procurement Regime), […]

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Changes to the Schedule of Fees at the BPTO – Brazil

Ordinance No. 27 amending the list of items on the Schedule of Services and Fees for the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) was published February 7, 2014. This Ordinance is set to take effect thirty (30) days from the date of publication, on March 11, 2014. For the full article please access the link below.

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Current Measures to Protect against Ambush Marketing in Brazil

The Confederations Cup recently hosted in Brazil served as a preview of the illegal practice of ambush marketing that trademark titleholders and sponsors may face during the sporting events set to take place here in the near future – World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In a recent lecture held during the Annual Congress of the Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property […]

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Romero Pineda & Asociados joins IR as the exclusive IP Member in El Salvador.

International Referral, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce José Roberto Romero of Romero Pineda & Asociados. Jose has joined IR as our exclusive IP Member in El Salvador. José Roberto is Vice-president and Managing Partner of the Firm.He has been part of Romero Pineda & Asociados since 1984, engaging and specializing […]

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Klein Solicitors joins Hunters!

We are delighted to announce that on 3rd February 2014 Klein Solicitors, a multiple award-winning boutique law firm, merged with Hunters. Klein’s Managing Director, Gregor Kleinknecht joins the firm as a Partner in theDispute Resolution and Business Services departments, whilst Gregor’s assistant,Petra Williams-Lescht, joins those departments as an Assistant Solicitor. Gregor, who was the Corporate LiveWire Litigation Lawyer of the […]

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New guidelines for the examination of biotechnology inventions in Brazil

New guidelines for the examination of biotechnology inventions in Brazil provide useful support for applicants, as Gabriel Di Blasi and Alexandre Santos explain. Biotechnology had its beginning with fermentation, the use of which coincides with the very beginning of the Christian era, mingling with the history of humanity. The Sumerians and Babylonians had known about […]

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Current barriers to biotech in Brazil – IP & Life Sciences

Gabriel Di Blasi outlines the existing impediments to developing new biotechnology products in Brazil, and considers recent efforts to improve the situation. The Brazilian government intends to improve regulation for patents, especially in the biotechnology sector. Last March, the Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade announced measures to improve the Brazilian regulations related […]

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Welcome to Brazil’s e-Patentes system – IP & Life Sciences in Brazil

Since July 2013, it has been possible to electronically file patent applications or petitions against applications or existing patents at the Brazilian Patent Office (INPI). Besides filing domestic applications, which had already been made available by the system – referred to as e-Patentes, launched in March 2013 – the user can now operate the system  […]

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Brazil launches IP mediation centre

Brazil’s Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is launching a mediation centre to resolve IP disputes. The centre will begin handling disputes in April 2013. It will deal with patent and trademark conflicts and cases involving counterfeiting and unfair competition. Speaking at a workshop held at the School of Regional Federal Judiciary (EMARF) on Tuesday, March […]

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