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The current system of Intellectual Property will have to adjust to the requirements imposed by technologies 4.0, said this Tuesday, 14, the specialist in Policies and Industry of CNI – National Confederation of Industry, Fabiano Barreto, during the 6th IP Meetings, event virtual event promoted by ABPI and WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization, together, in this edition, from INPI – National Institute of Industrial Property and CNI- National Confederation of Industry.

Barreto discussed the topic “Intellectual Property 4.0: IP in the fourth industrial revolution”, alongside the executive of Business Development, Intellectual Property Research at IBM Rio de Janeiro, Alexandre Pfeifer, and with the moderation of the general coordinator of the Directorate of Patents of the INPI, Vagner Latsch. In addition to Barreto, ABPI president Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta, WIPO regional director in Brazil, José Graça Aranha, and INPI president Claudio Furtado also participated in the opening table.

The CNI expert considered that, with the reduction of patent applications pending examination, the backlog, the INPI will have to update itself technologically and handle patent examinations of products with an increasingly short market life cycle. He suggested an interaction, in the future, between city council examiners and industry technicians, which would result in more qualified and completed exams in less time. “Everyone wins,” he said. Barreto also considered that the current patent system may not account for the technological diversity arising from the industry 4.0 environment. “It will be difficult to fit increasingly different technologies into a single global patent system,” he said. “We may have to think about new types of sui generis protection.”

Pfeifer, in turn, made a presentation of the activities developed by IBM, highlighting the company’s long tradition in intellectual property. According to him, since 1920, when it was created, to the present day, IBM has filed more than 140 thousand patents. Last year alone, there were 9,200 patents, 800 of which in the field of Artificial Intelligence. “At IBM, intellectual property is a business,” he explained, adding that the company not only develops new technologies, but licenses, sells and even acquires patents from third parties. The company’s new patentable technologies are developed through a worldwide network, in which a group of the Brazilian subsidiary participates.

See the full webinar on ABPI’s YouTube channel.