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WORLD VIEW BLOG: New president to Brazil's patent and trademark office: what now?

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Executive Summary

On 12 December, the president of Brazil's Patent and Trademark Office (INPI), Jorge �vila stepped down, and following a couple of months of market buzz, his replacement was announced as the diplomat, Octavio Brandelli. A highly experienced state official and former Brazilian representative in several international positions, Mr Brandelli is no IPR newcomer. Benny Spiewak, an attorney at Zancaner Costa, Bastos e Spiewak in Sao Paulo, Brazil, takes a look at what his appointment might mean for the Latin American nation that has a foot in both camps in the international IPR debate, and for the relationship between the INPI and the Brazilian regulator ANVISA.

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