[March 27th, 2019] The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) established its Southern regional unit in the Tecnopuc. The move is the result of a strategy developed with Anprotec, the National Association of Entities Promoting Innovative Enterprises, to bring INPI units closer to the innovation ecosystems and the academic environment, so that these audiences are aware of the importance of registration of a trademark and the filing of a patent application.
The INPI also supports the registration of industrial designs, geographical indications and computer programs. According to the head of INPI’s Southern Regional Office, Julieta Ferreira de Macedo, the INPI is responsible for training the academic segment and provide mentoring for companies. “Therefore, it is important to be part of this ecosystem of innovation and close to the University ", she stressed.
According to the Superintendent of Innovation and Development of PUCRS, Jorge Audy, the fact that the Tecnopuc was chosen to be one of these ecosystems creates more responsibilities for the Park, bringing the applicants closer to the Institute's patent filing applications and software registration. Audy also said that "the INPI will be a very important component for the environment of cooperation and sharing of the ecosystems of innovation that is being created through the so-called “Pacto alegre”, an initiative of the Alliance for Innovation”.
The INPI is located in room 212 of building 99A. Opening hours from 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:30 for face-to-face customer service.
In Brazil, there was an increase in the number of applications for patents (3.6%), brands (21.1%), industrial designs (2.0%), computer programs (50.6%) and technology contracts (4.3%) in January and February 2019 compared to the same period of 2018. The data was made available by the Economic Affairs Advisory Board (AECON). AECON is INPI’s unit responsible for producing the main figures related to the granting of intellectual property rights in the country.
In February 2019, 839 patents were granted and 17,351 trademarks, 940 industrial designs and 188 computer programs were registered. In the January-February 2019 period, there was a growth in trademark registrations (38.4%) and in technology contract registrations (0.5%) compared to the same period of the previous year. On the other hand, there was a reduction in patent concessions (-16.0%), industrial design registrations (-4.7%) and computer program registrations (-47%).