Invention exploitation beyond patents in Peru

Bravka, a Slovenian SME in the agriculture sector, developed an innovative technology to protect crops from frost. In 1991, one of the affected farmers decided to create a method to control frosts more efficiently and economically. The resulting machine was inspired by a hard frost that affected plantations during that year.

Years later, he obtained a patent and trademark protection in some European countries and in the United States.

Right after, a Peruvian company (Piscul) offered to become his distributor in Spain in exchange for a royalty.

A year before the patent was due to expire, the EU entrepreneur detected that his licensee was commercializing his machine in Peru without his permission.