CADE, SDE and INPI set a Covenant to work more closely

During the Internation Seminar of Intelectual Property and Competition Policy that took place in Rio de Janeiro between June 7 and 8, 2010, Brazilian Institute for Intelectual Property (Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial - INPI), Administrative Council of Economic Defense (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica - CADE) and the Secretariat Of Economic Law (Secretaria de Direito Econômico -SDE) of the Ministry of Justice has set a Covenant in order to act with grater integration.

The partnership is set for the next two (2) years and will allow CADE and INPI to aknowledge one another's investigations and Proceedings, being able to issue opinion regarding theirs expertise - respectively Competition and Intelectual Property - when requested.

INPI's General Attorney, Mauro Maia, has stated that the preocupation is that companies intend to extend the patent period through litigation, aiming to maintain an improper monopoly. With the covenant, both authorities will then have the proper information to deal with those sham litigation cases.

INPI has made contact with CADE for the agreement after noticing a series of suits promoted by pharmaceutical companies.

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