Newsletter Edition 40 - October 2022


ABPI President defends rescue of the innovation industry in STJ seminar

In a seminar on industrial property at the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), supported by ABPI and held on October 20, the Association’s President Gabriel Leonardos warned about the growing process of Brazilian deindustrialization and defended that the government, “whoever is elected on October 30”, takes measures to rescue industrial innovation in Brazil. “Only industry is capable of generating social mobility and innovation at the level that a continental country like ours needs,” he stated, at the opening panel chaired by National Treasury Attorney Rita Dias Nolasco and integrated by minister Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva, the President of the IBDP (Brazilian Institute of Procedural Law) Cassio Scarpinella Bueno, and the federal prosecutor Marcos da Silva Couto.

The President of ABPI also pointed out that the Association participates in the Technical Meetings of the Ministry of Economy to review the current IP legislation. The Meetings, he observed, consider the jurisprudence of the STJ, an institution “that has played an essential and indispensable role in pacifying and guiding the operators of the IP law.”

Current topics and high level of participants
Lawyer Marcelo Mazzola, one of the coordinators of ABPI’s Civil Procedure & ADR Committee, considered that the topicality and relevance of the topics discussed, along with the high level of the participants, set the tone for the STJ’s Industrial Property Seminar. “This initiative, which brings together the Judiciary, the BPTO, members of civil society, firms, and companies, is extremely healthy from several angles since it is possible to understand the sensitive points of each party to seek solutions,” said Mazzola, the scientific coordinator of the event, alongside minister Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva, Cassio Scarpinella Bueno, and lawyer Osmar Paixão Côrtes.

Promoted by the STJ in partnership with the Brazilian Institute of Procedural Law (IBDP), with the support of ABPI and the National School for the Training and Improvement of Magistrates (Enfam), the seminar “Industrial Property in the STJ” was held in a hybrid format (virtual and in-person) and had more than 3,500 views. According to Mazzola, the event was conceived to “contribute to a reflection on the industrial property system suitable for the interests of holders of exclusive rights, trademarks, and patents”, and it fully achieved its goals. “The symbiosis between substantive and procedural law is fundamental for intellectual property litigation, and the new theses presented. The jurisprudential understandings contributed a lot to this”, he said.

The video with the complete seminar is available on the STJ’s YouTube channel.