Podium Talk: Intellectual Property and Innovation

How to protect your intellectual property? What should be protected? How to speed up registration processes? The Podium Talk on intellectual property presented a high-level exchange of ideas on one of the fundamental aspects of innovation processes.

The event brought together experts from Brazil and Switzerland to address an essential aspect of innovation processes: intellectual property. The exchange of ideas between professionals and top-level institutional representatives reflected on the difficulties that startups, small businesses, and even large organizations face in patent and trademark registration processes. How to protect your intellectual property? What should be protected? How to speed up registration processes? The meeting also provided the exchange of experiences from Brazil and Switzerland in the operations of idea protection and patent registration.

Debaters:
Felix Addor, Deputy Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property / IPI (Institut für Geistiges Eigentum). As IPI’s General Counsel and Director of External Legal Relations, he has been active in all fields of intellectual property at national and international levels since 1999. He leads Swiss delegations for negotiations at international forums such as World Trade Organization and World Intellectual Property Organization.

Luiz Otávio Pimentel, President of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) professor of Intellectual Property at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Ph.D. in Law at the National University of Asunción. Luiz Otávio is an Ad Hoc arbitrator at the Mercosur Arbitration Tribunal and has broad experience in the field of public policy and extensive academic production.

Mathias Schaeli, Director of Foreign Trade Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property / IPI (Institut für Geistiges Eigentum). Schaeli is responsible for Switzerland’s bilateral and multilateral intellectual property relations and participates in national processes for the preparation of policies for the country’s positioning in international forums. He graduated in law from the University of Freiburg (Switzerland) and the University of Oxford (UK).

Maria Carmen de Souza Brito, partner of Dannemann Siemsen Advogados. Maria Carmen is a chemical engineer, graduated from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and a specialist in patents in the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, agribusiness, biotechnology and traditional knowledge sectors, among others. She was a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and the Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents (Abapi).

Pedro Marcos Nunes Barbosa, Professor of Law and Intellectual Property at PUC-Rio, Ph.D. in Commercial Law from the University of São Paulo (USP) and partner at Borges Barbosa Advogados. He is a member of the Copyright Committee of the Brazilian order of lawyers of Rio de Janeiro.

Mediation: swissnex Brazil.

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