The Brazilian Innovation & Intellectual Property System

Date: May 26, 2014 Monday (09:30am-12:30pm)
Venue: Room 7.23, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU


Luiz Otávio Pimentel, PhD
Professor of Law
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Law, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Marcelo Thompson, DPhil
Assistant Professor of Law
Deputy Director, Law and Technology Centre
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

Claudio Eduardo Regis de Figueiredo e Silva, PhD
Judge, High Court of Santa Catarina
General Director, School of Magistrates of Santa Catarina

Juliano Scherner Rossi
Federal Attorney, Office of the Attorney General of Brazil

João Alfredo Ziegler Filho
Lieutenant Colonel, Division of Research and Extension, Board of Education and Training, Military Police of Santa Catarina

Augusto César da Silva
Lieutenant, Division of Research and Extension, Board Of Education and Training, Military Police of Santa Catarina


One of the BRICS and a top-10 trade partner of Mainland China, Brazil is home to the world’s 7th GDP and to a rich and diversified cultural heritage. Its innovative spirit is reflected in musical traditions that have sprung the Bossa Nova and the Samba, but also in technological ventures ranging from deep-water oil drilling to aircraft manufacturing. Brazil’s innovation landscape was significantly transformed in 2004, with the adoption of an Innovation Act, and this year saw the enactment of a ‘Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights’, the first of its kind in the world, which will have far-reaching consequences for the way Internet-based activities are carried out in the country.

This one-morning symposium will present an overview of the innovation and intellectual property landscape in Brazil, with particular focus on one of its southern powerhouses: the State of Santa Catarina. Topics to be discussed include: technology transfer; university-industry relationships; the development, protection and licensing of computer programs; the protection of innovation in the public sector; and Research & Development in the area of public security.