Representatives of the Brazilian PTO participated in the 20th Congress of the Inter-American Intellectual Property Association (ASIPI), in Rio de Janeiro.
The BPTO Executive Director, Mauro Maia, participated in a panel on models of IP institutes of the future. The panel, which was attended by representatives of Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Guatemala, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, discussed the possibility of IP institutes to add Industrial Property and Copyright Services, as well as actions to combat unfair competition and infringements in the field of IP.
In the vision of the INPI of the future, the executive director visualizes an institution that is an agency and brings together Industrial Property and Copyright. In this way, it would be possible to improve the coordination of actions in the IP area and stimulate awareness of the issue in society.
The executive director also stated that this future agency, with a larger structure than the current one, should act in intelligence (development of strategic studies and public policies in IP), promotion in this area and regulation.
*Translated and adapted from the BPTO’s official web page. You can find the original publication (in Portuguese) here