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Patents as technological information in Latin America

Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto de Tecnologia em Fármacos-Farmanguinhos, Avenida Comandante Guaranys, 447, Jacarepaguá, CEP 21.041-250, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Université du Sud Toulon-Var, Avenue de l’Université – BP20132, 3957 La Garde Cedex Toulon, France; Rua Coronel Assumpção, 58 – Alto XV – CEP 80.040-210, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
World Patent Information 01/2009; 31(3):207-215. DOI: 10.1016/j.wpi.2008.11.006
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ABSTRACT This study shows the importance of patents as a source of technological information in Latin America. We studied the industrial property offices' websites and the kind of patent information available such as laws, gazette, statistics, cost, forms, and contacts. We found at the USPTO and PCT websites the quantity of patent applications from applicants in Latin American countries filed in these offices. Brazil and Mexico in particular provide information on their websites to anyone interested in filing patent applications, searching patents and using patents as a source of technological information. This work shows that the quantity of patent applications is only slowly increasing in Latin America. Thus, each one of the 21 countries of Latin America needs to have a policy of dissemination of the importance of the patent system as a source of technological information to increase research and innovation in their countries.

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