INPI Brazil's new Handbook on GIs

INPI Brazil has just published the first edition of their Manual de Indicações Geográficas (Geographical Indications Handbook). The "Manual" will enter into force on 1 February 2021.

This new handbook contains guidelines and recommendations to users and examiners of the INPI, about the procedures and examination guidelines, as well as relevant technical definitions.

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EUIPO's new online tool for GIs search: GIview

The EUIPO has just launched a new online search tool containing all geographical indications (GIs) protected at European Union level.

It also contains detailed information on non-EU GIs protected at EU level through bilateral and multilateral agreements, and on EU GIs protected in non-EU countries.

This new tool includes searches from the following countries in Latin America: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela.

IMPI's new platform for Patents Associated with Medicines

The Mexican Federal Law for the Protection of Industrial Property enters into force on 5 November 2020, which will mean a big step in the transparency of drug patents.

It will also mean the implementation on IMPI's website of a new smart search engine (by the end of 2020) with two different search tools: 

-  "Buscador general"  (General search engine)

- "Patentes próximas a vencer" (Next patents to expire)

Virtual Event - Sweden-Brazil Matchmaking

The 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.

New PROSUR Bulletin on Covid-19: patents in the Public Domain

The Forum for the Progress and Development of South America (PROSUR) has just published a new Bulletin on Patents that are in the Public Domain, and that can be used in the fight against the COVID-19 spread.

PROSUR is a South American initiative that coordinates mechanisms for public policies in defense of democracy, the independence of powers, the economy of markets, the social agenda, with sustainability and with due application.

WIPO launches the PATENTSCOPE Covid-19 Index

WIPO has just launched a new search facility index for their PATENTCOPE Database dure to the current COVID-19 spread. 

Thanks to the index, users (scientists, engineers, public health policymakers, industry actors and members of the general public) will be able to access easily to information contained in published patent documents for improving the prevention, detection and treatment for disease like the new coronavirus.

All the information is accessible in 6 different languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.