Patents as technological information in Latin America

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World Patent Information 09/2009; 31(3):207-215. DOI: 10.1016/j.wpi.2008.11.006
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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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