by Rodrigo de Assis Torres e Felliphe Pereira dos Santos
April 01, 2015
Pipeline Patent is an important concept instituted by the 1996’ Industrial Property Law intended to remedy the absence of patent protection for inventions in certain areas in the previous Law (Law 5,772/1971), namely chemicals, pharmaceutical processes and food purposes patents. Pipeline Patent brought to the Brazilian legal system patents already granted abroad, which could not be granted in Brazil in view of an express prohibition in the former legislation. It is, actually, provided for in Articles 229, 230 and 231 of Law 9.279/1996.