Newsletter Edition 16 - July 2020


WIPO PROOF – Innovation and digital protection

The joining of forces of university research centers, governmental innovation agencies and innovative companies in the Brazilian state of Paraíba raised it to the seventh place in the ranking of the Brazilian states that most applied for patents in 2019, explains the technical director of the Fundação Parque Tecnológico da Paraíba (Technology Park Foundation of Paraíba), Nadja Maria da Silva Oliveira.

She spoke on the subject during the fifth edition of IP Meetings, held on June 26th with the participation of Cláudio Cocorocchia, Senior Business Manager in the Global Infrastructure sector at WIPO, mediated by Judge Márcia Maria Nunes de Barros, from TRF2 (Federal Regional Court of the2nd Region).

The virtual roundtable “WIPO PROOF: New Horizons in Safeguarding Intellectual Assets” had ABPI’s president Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta, and WIPO advisor, Isabella Pimentel at its opening.

Nadja explained that the innovation and intellectual property environment in Paraíba, has the role of a “triple helix”, joining the state institutions, academy and the market in intellectual production and new knowledge, including the Technology Park of Paraíba in this innovative framework. Created in 1984 and located in Campina Grande, it is among the first four of its kind in Brazil. This environment made two of the public universities in Paraíba boast, in 2018, the first and second place in the ranking of patent applications at the BPTO – Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office. “We have a strong innovation streak for this university issue”, said the director of Fundação Parque Tecnológico da Paraíba.

In his presentation, Cláudio Cocorocchia, Senior Business Manager of the Global Infrastructure sector at WIPO, explained the workings of WIPO PROOF, the new online tool developed by WIPO that allows safeguarding creations that are not yet subject to intellectual protection. The senior manager of WIPO clarified that “WIPO PROOF is a data digital stamp and provides proof of the existence and possession of an original digital file at a specific point in time”. Presented for the first time in Brazil, the service is based on a technology called “Public Key Infrastructure” or PKI. “It is a signed electronic certification process, a kind of digital registry”, said Cocorocchia.

You can watch this event on ABPI’s YouTube Channel. There you will find the event with audio available in Portuguese and English.