Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII) is a collaboration between Sweden and Brazil with the aim of increasing innovation collaborations between industry and research organizations in the two countries. As a part of this collaboration, there is an open call at Vinnova, together with Brazilian EMBRAPII, to fund a number of innovation projects in the following focus areas: health, smart cities, bioeconomy and mining.
WIPO releases their Global Innovation Index 2020 with the focus on "Who Will Finance Innovation?". It is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as co-publishers, and their Knowledge Partners
In accordance with this new publication, the three top innovative countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are: 1) Chile, 2) Mexico, and 3) Costa Rica.
WIPO has just implemented "Madrid Application Assistant", an electronic version of the official MM2 form that you must use to file an international application under the Madrid System. It allows users to import directly from the Office of origin’s national/regional trade marks database all the required information for their future international application.
Its main benefits, according to WIPO, are:
- It is a simple process, in comparison with the previous platform
- Faster completion
The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has just released new biotechnology patent application examination guidelines.
This document is the result of the Public Consultation 01/2019. that complies and analyzes the comments and suggestions received from twenty organizations linked to this topic.
Renewable Energies have experienced a relevant increase within the last two decades and Latin America countries are placing great expectation in non-conventional energy sources at short, medium and long term. In fact, EU SMEs interested in these industries have in Brazil, Mexico or Colombia some of their main destination countries, as the Latin American countries represents a huge market full of potential clients for EU companies that are willing to go international.
With the occasion to celebrate the Environment day, the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has confirmed that today the Decision time for green patents is just of 1.2 years, counted from the application to enter the program.
Did you know that there are more than 45 Million Smartphone devices in Brazil (2018)? And that algorithm codes embedded concepts from Google are protected thanks to Trade Secrets? Check out this infographic to know more on how to protect your innovations in the software sector through Copyright, Patent, Trade Secrets and Trade mark protection.
INPI Brazil has launched a new user-friendly website, enhancing the experience for users.
Currently the portal is in beta version and will undergo improvements until its final version.
This new portal is part of both the Digital Government Strategy 2020-2022 and the IP Digital Plan.
To read more, please be referred to the brand new INPI's website.
The current situation has impacted SMEs operating in Latin America (or willing to do so), which may not know how they can still protect the innovative aspects of their business that allow them to commercialize safely and how to enforce their rights in a lockdown scenario.
At the same time, new opportunities arise in crucial sectors and European entrepreneurs that are intending to take advantage of them must know what are the key IP mechanisms they can benefit from.
WIPO is again showing their greatest efforts against this world epidemic crisis. This time they have launched a new tool that takes care of tracking IP policy changes related to COVID-19 in Member States.
Currently, the database has begun with a selection of more than 20 countries and regional offices. Brazil, Cuba and El Salvador are already in the tool.
The "COVID-19 IP Policy Tracker" will be updated regularly. It is freely accessible through a database interface.