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Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order

Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order

Edited by Frederick M. Abbott, Carlos M. Correa and Peter Drahos

The patent has emerged as a dominant force in 21st century economic policy. This book examines the impact of the BRICS and other emerging economies on the global patent framework and charts the phenomenal rise in the number of patents in some of these countries.

Chapter 8: Patents and the emerging markets of Latin America – Brazil

Denis Borges Barbosa

Subjects: law - academic, intellectual property law, law and development


Brazil is listed among the emerging markets, and is mentioned as a potential prime player in the intellectual property field. Although the country has a long history and has displayed a continued interest in its patent system, it should not be expected that Brazilian patent applications will flood the patent offices of OECD countries in the near future, as may be expected of Chinese and (to a lesser extent) Indian filings. This study assesses the Brazilian patent system as it exists today under the 1996 law. The new players and the context are liable to change this system in the medium term. The value of patents in the development of Brazil is one of the most striking policy issues being discussed in the country, though patent legislation has been in force for over 200 years.

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