Lobbying, intellectual property and superior courts

How would you react if your patent term was dropped from 20 to 15 years due to a judgment in a court hearing unrelated to you?

In this week’s podcast we heard how Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice cut patent terms by setting the date of TRIPS coming into effect there back to the year 2000.

Here’s a really good example of how companies can put pressure on governments to legislate to change the intellectual property landscape.

The most effective fix for this problem is clearly new legislation that sets a date in stone.

What do you think?


Photo credit: ‘scissors’ by dboy

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