Is it possible to sanction a public agency for not having a DPO?

Since the reform in 2018 of the Data Protection regulation, the emergence of the figure of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) has become an indispensable figure in most companies and public organisms. The…

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Legal protection of fragances through Intellectual Property

Perfume is one sign of our identity. An essential accessory that we do not usually forget before leaving home. A scent that transports us to moments, memories and people. However, we must not…

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Who owns an AI generated invention or work or art?

The question captures our attention. In the midst of the fourth industrial revolution this is a question that was long overdue. This revolution is marked by the emergence of new technologies including: robotics,…

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Brazil’s ANVISA will stop examining pharmaceutical patent applications

Twenty-two years after the approval of the Brazilian Patent Law (Law 9.279/96), the obligation (article 229-C) for all pharmaceutical patents to be subject to prior approval by ANVISA (National Health Surveillance Agency, equivalent…

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Can I protect the appearance of commercial premises?

As we always say, the vast world of Intellectual Property covers all kinds of issues and queries. There are several that we have been dealing with over the last few months on the…

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What is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)? Concept and requirements for obtaining it

When it comes to agricultural products and foodstuffs, there are many advantages that a designation of origin can offer them. However, these products must meet a series of requirements in order to obtain…

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Vulgarization of trademarks or how to lose distinctiveness through over-popularity

Kleenex®, Tipp-Ex®, Rimmel®, Velcro, bimbo® bread, aftersun®… We have all used many of these words at some time in our everyday language to refer to certain products in a generic way, but the…

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Art and brands: Is it possible to turn an artistic work into an intangible asset?

In our previous article we talked about the concept of copyright and its protection* which, as we already know, includes artistic and literary works, and even scientific works. But what happens if I…

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Spotify: software-implemented inventions and their limit with data protection

It is a reality that the SPOTIFY application is part of our lives when we need a moment of disconnection or even while we work. Background music is always a good ally. But…

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