Obtaining Patent Protection in Brazil

Brazilian patent law protects inventions, products, substances, or processes that are new, inventive, have industrial utility, and sufficient description. Patent owners have the exclusive right to prevent others from manufacturing, using, selling, or importing the invention without securing the permission of the patent holder. This permission would be secured in the form of a license or an assignment. In Brazil, there are two common types of patents: the invention patent and the working model patent. These are conferred to inventors, authors, or any other individuals or companies demonstrating the respective rights.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How is the patent application process in Brazil?
How does the patent holder maintain the rights guaranteed by the patent protection?
What types of license arrangements are available?
What are the consequences of an unexploited patent?

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