Today at 2pm, Prof. Sean Flynn will participate in an event at the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies to launch Brazilian Patent Reform: Innovation Towards Competitiveness. This report was developed through a long consultative process (including seven workshops in 2011 and 2012) by a technical team led by FGV’s Pedro Paranaguá. It proposes legislative reforms that would incorporate lawful TRIPS flexibilities into domestic law, enhancing access to generic medicines.
Proposed reforms include: eliminating patent term extensions and data exclusivity, restricting patents on new forms and new uses and tightening the the inventive step requirement (following the India example), adopting a government use procedures, and clarifying the role that ANVISA, its drug regulatory agency, plays in the patent examination system.
There will be a formal launch ceremony by high level government officials, followed by a roundtable of international experts. The event will be live streamed here.
PIJIP Prof. Sean Flynn will participate in the roundtable. Hewill present three documents – each endorsed by experts or organizations from around the world – in support of the proposed reforms. The documents were jointly written by Flynn and Professors Brook Baker and Amy Kapczynski.
- Open Letter from International Intellectual Property Scholars and Experts Supporting Brazil’s Proposed Patent Reform (PDF)
- Brief Technical Review of Brazil’s Proposed Patent Law Reforms (PDF)
- Civil Society Statement in Support of Brazilian Patent Law Reform to Increase Access to Medicines for All (PDF)
Below is a schedule of the event:
Speakers at the launching ceremony: 2-3pm
- President of the Chamber of Deputies: Rep. Henrique Eduardo Alves
- President of the Center for Strategic Studies: Rep. Inocêncio Oliveira
- Rapporteur of the Report “Brazil’s Patent Reform”: Rep. Newton Lima
- Mr. Luiz Antonio Elias: Deputy-Minister of Science and Technology
- Mr. Leonardo Guerra, Ph.D.: Chief of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Development and Industry
- Mr. Carlos Gadelha: Secretary of Science, Technology and Strategic Supplies at the Ministry of Health
- Mr. Dirceu Barbano: President of the National Sanitary Agency – Anvisa
- Mr. Ademir Tardelli: Acting-President of the Patent and Trademark Office
International roundtable: 3-6pm
- Brazil: Pedro Paranaguá, Advisor at the ruling Workers Party for patents, copyright, Internet, and privacy. Lecturer at the LLM in Business Law at FGV (Moderator)
- India: Mr. James Thanickan – former-Director of Intellectual Property, Dept. of Industrial Policy, Gov. of India
- Argentina: Dra. Georgina Gerdé – Patent Office
- Brazil: Rogério Cerqueira Leite – Emeritus Prof. at Unicamp and member of the National Board of Science and Technology, and of the Editorial Board of Folha de Sao Paulo
- South Africa: Mr. MacDonald Netshitenzhe – Chief-Director of Policy & Legislation, Department of Trade & Industry, Gov. of South Africa
- USA: Prof. Sean Flynn, American University, Washington College of Law