Edited by Frederick M. Abbott, Carlos M. Correa and Peter Drahos
Chapter 8: Patents and the emerging markets of Latin America – Brazil
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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