Newsletter Edition 37 - June 2022


The scientific marathon of the Committees

An intense and high-level program marked the 1st Scientific Meeting of ABPI Study Committees, promoted online, on June 20-24. At the event, which lasted five days, each of ABPI’s 15 Study Committees held a panel with invited debaters on specific topics within the scope of Intellectual Property. The Committees, permanently dedicated to the study of Intellectual Property in all its aspects, including themes related to other branches of Law, have Rodrigo A. de Ouro Preto Santos as their reporter general and deputy director Camila de Souza Novis. “In this magnificent week of exhibitions and debates, the committees brought together what ABPI offers the noblest, the technical and legal knowledge of intellectual property of the best quality”, said Ouro Preto.

For the reporter general, the 1st Scientific Meeting was born on the one hand, “from the legal relevance and the very high-level work carried out by ABPI’s Study Committees” and, on the other hand, from the successful experience of countless pre-events of these same committees on the eve of ABPI’s international congress. “The creation of an event for the dissemination of this collective knowledge is a natural step for the committees and for the growth and occupation of new spaces by ABPI itself”, he added.

The debates began on Monday morning, June 20th, with the Advocacy Committee, coordinated by Gustavo Freitas Moraes and deputy Isabella Estabile. The discussion was about Law 14,200/2012, which provides for the compulsory license of patents. Subsequently, the Competition Law Committee, coordinated by Lucas Antoniazzi and José Mauro Decoussau Machado, dealt with unfair competition offenses. The Cultivars & Biotechnology Committee, coordinated by Roberto Ribeiro, Maria Isabel Coelho de Castro Bingemer, and deputy Marisa Moura Momoli, focused on synthetic biology.

On Tuesday, June 21st, the Industrial Design Committee, coordinated by André de Moura Reis and Rhuan Quintanilha, addressed article 100 of the Brazilian IPL (Law 9,279/96), which provides for what is registrable in industrial design. On the same day, the Copyright and Personality Rights Committee, under the coordination of Daniela Câmara Cola, Pedro Tavares, and deputy Camila Garcindo Dayrell Garrote, dealt with copyright violations in the metaverse. The Sports and Electronic Games Committee, coordinated by Andrea Lerner and Fernanda Magalhães, ended the day with an approach to business in video games and the virtual world.

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the Geographical Indications Committee, coordinated by Andrea Possinhas, Luiz Ricardo Marinello, and assistant Mariana Schwab Guerra Corrêa, debated the expansion of GIs in Brazil. In the afternoon, the Digital Law & Data Privacy Committee, coordinated by José Eduardo de Vasconcellos Pieri, Fábio Luiz Barboza Pereira, and deputy Vanessa Bastos Augusto de Assis Ribeiro, addressed biometrics in jurisprudence. In the Trademarks Committee, coordinated by Clarissa Jaegger, Roberta Arantes, and deputy Jana Fraccaroli, the topic referred to trademarks in the metaverse.

On Thursday, June 23rd, the Patents Committee, coordinated by Priscila Mayumi Kashiwabara, Gabriela Neves Salerno, and Bernardo Marinho Fontes Alexandre, opened the works with a debate on the legitimacy of divided applications. The event continued with the Patents & New Technologies Committee, coordinated by Tarso Mesquita Machado, Ana Cristina Almeida Müller, and assistant Bruno Lopes Holfinger, addressing the inventions of the fourth Industrial Revolution. The Civil Procedure & ADR Committee, coordinated by João Vieira da Cunha and Marcelo Leite da Silva Mazzola, dealt with repetitive cases within the scope of IP.

On Friday, June 14th, the Repression of Infractions & CNCP Committee, coordinated by André Oliveira, José Henrique Vasi Werner, and deputy David Rodrigues, discussed the role of the Federal Revenue in the repression of IP infractions. The International Intellectual Property Law Committee, coordinated by Marcio Merkl and Philippe Martins Bhering, addressed the protection of trade secrets. The Scientific Meeting ended with the webinar of the Technology Transfer Committee, coordinated by Patrícia Falcão, Cândida Ribeiro Caffé and Pablo Torquato. The topic of the last debate was the changes in Law 14.286/21, which deals with technology transfer contracts.