Manage your Intellectual Property in Latin America

The importance of IP in internationalization strategies: the case of Latin America, Porto, Portugal

Event Type: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 02:00
Free of charge
Small and Medium-sized enterprises
SME intermediary associations
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Venue: INESC TEC Campus da FEUP (Rua Dr. Roberto Frias 4200 - 465 Porto, Portugal)

Enrollment: Save the date and book your seat in this workshop here (Until 29th April).


Event description

More and more companies are moving in international environments in which it is essential to consider some aspects of the protection of copyright, trademarks and patents. By granting exclusive rights on the use of an invention or creation, IP rights give their holders several advantages, which properly exploited can be used to bring highly competitive products to the market, increase market share and revenues. Nevertheless, holders must be aware that such rights can be geographically limited and, therefore, subject to further protection if they are planning to enter foreign markets.

The Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk together with the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) at INESC TEC will host a workshop for anyone who is interested in doing business or enter R&DT collaborative relationships in Latin America. The main issues concerning the protection of Intellectual Property to bear in mind when internationalizing a business will be explained. Special attention will be then given to the idiosyncracies of IP protection in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. Moreover, attendees will have the chance to be assisted by the Intellectual Property Experts during the bilateral meetings*.

* Max. 15 min per organization. Subject to prior and confirmed booking and indication of topic to be discussed. 

About the Speaker

Ms. Patricia Covarrubia Patricia Covarrubia is a Venezuelan qualified lawyer, an academic, author and commentator in Intellectual Property Law. She is Lecturer in Law at the University of Buckingham, UK. She has an LLM in European Law from Southampton, UK and a PhD from Brunel, UK. From 1993 to 1999 she worked as a lawyer in Venezuela. 
Dr. Covarrubia is manager and blogger in IP Tango (Intellectual Property weblog – Latin America). Her on-going research interests and written publications include geographical indications and indications of origin, compulsory licences in the pharmaceutical industry, genetic resources, trade marks, free trade agreements, and the protection of traditional knowledge. 

About the Trainings

The Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk's trainings are business-oriented which could be attended by any EU SME. These free-of-charge events are conducted by top professionals that know exactly what an SME needs to know to improve its business strategy regarding IP registration and enforcement in the Latin America region. 

Additionally, if you would like to have a training on a specific topic that may be of help for your business, do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail. Your opinion and suggestions are very important to us!

About the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk

The Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk offers free of charge, first-line support and assistance on IP and IP rights matters to facilitate the expansion of European SMEs (EU SMEs and SMEs from the Associated countries) already established at, or working with entities in Latin America, as well as those potentially interested in establishing commercial and R&D activities and ventures in these countries.

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