Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative - Focus on IPR

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.

Global Innovation Index 2020

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's new Madrid Application Assistant enhance international filings

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

Intellectual Property in Latin America in the clean-tech sector: a look on how to identify your IP and exploit your creations

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.

Software Protection in Brazil

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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. 

Intellectual Property in Brazil: Tips for Protecting and Managing your IPRs in Unprecedented Times

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 releases a new tool to track COVID-19 related IP policy changes

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.