There is a worldwide trend towards seeking creative solutions that streamline government paperwork and cut through red tape. In this field, one of the most widely used options is international cooperation, as a way of joining efforts to lower costs and enhance efficiency throughout the Civil Service. Brazil is following this path in several fields. For example, its Judiciary and the Federal Prosecutor's Office make frequent use of international cooperation mechanisms that are also addressed in Brazilian Code of Civil Procedure (CPC), promulgated in 2015 through Law #13,105. These mechanisms address forms of cooperation with foreign jurisdictions that simplify juridical acts, provided that legal requirements are respected, extending well beyond merely ratifying decisions handed down by foreign courts.
It is in the best interests of all that Brazil’s Civil Service should strive to upgrade its performance, adopting international cooperation mechanisms that could improve the cost x benefit ratio of rendering public services.
Recently, the Brazilian Food & Drug Administration (ANVISA) signed a MoU with India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) for cooperation in product regulation. The agencies will share experiences, best practices and exchange information on regulatory.25
Robust and effective protection for industrial property is vital for Brazil’s return to economic growth, developing into a modern nation that is seamlessly integrated into the global economy. In this context, the BRPTO becomes a patent office at the same level as those of the more developed countries, with efficient examinations and high-quality applications submitted for its consideration, regardless of sector-specific interests.
Today, the adoption of broad-ranging PPH agreements is imperative for handling this pendency, with no constraints and reaching out to the largest possible number of countries. This mechanism is being adopted by countless nations all over the world, with high success rates. Limiting the PPH to narrow fields of technology within specific timeframes will not meet the Brazilian interests, as its purpose will not be achieved.
In parallel, Brazil must urgently introduce a system that can compete with Argentina’s Rule P-56/2016, which will undoubtedly use the Mercosur Southern Cone Common Market structure to export high added-value products to Brazil, which could instead be travelling in the other direction.
This document was drawn up in-house by the Licks Law Firm in Brazil. The opinions and ideas expressed herein are the responsibility of its authors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of our clients.