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Doing Business in Brazil: Political and economic landscape

Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency invites stakeholders to participate in event focused on the 5G technology

The Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) published a Public Call on Friday, February 21st, inviting the leading players of the telecommunications segment to participate in an event aimed at sharing information about the potential of the 5G technology.

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U.S. intensifies pressure on Brazilian Government to exclude Huawei from its 5G bid

American authorities intensified the pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to force him to edit a decree in order to restrict Huawei and other Chinese telecommunication companies from providing equipment for 5G in Brazil.

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Understand more about the subject of our webinar: Simplifying the Strategic Planning & Results Measurement in Government Affairs

Last week, our Licks Attorneys Government Affairs & International Relations team presented the webinar – Simplifying the Strategic Planning & Results Measurement in Government Affairs.

Ms. Viviane Kunisawa, partner, Ms. Caroline de Sá, Government Affairs & International Relations Manager, and Ms. Prof. Andréa Gozetto, Coordinator of the MBA in Government Affairs at FGV, discussed subjects such as the importance of strategic planning in the area of Government Affairs and Institutional Relations (RIG), the several peculiarities related to such planning, as well as the steps for its development.

Moreover, they also talked about the complexity regarding the construction of measurement indicators for the area. This was the first subject of our webinars series, which will tackle issues related to the Government Affairs & International Relations area.

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BRICS sign MoU on Health Regulation

On October 23rd, Brazil, Russia,
India, China, and South Africa, the BRICS, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on health regulation during the 5th Meeting of BRICS Health Regulatory Authorities. The meeting took place at the Pan-American Health Organization’s headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil.

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Brazil sets a new chapter in its public health policy

During a seminar hosted by the Brazilian Association of the Pharmaceutical Research Industry (INTERFARMA) last week in Brasilia, the Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, said the country should never compulsory license drug patents, since this practice harms both the inventiveness and the investments made in R&D by private companies. This sets a new tone on the government’s position towards intellectual property for pharmaceutical products.

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Mercosul and European Union close free trade deal

This Friday, June 28th, Mercosul and the European Union finalized the negotiations between the two regional blocs.

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Agrochemicals debated in Brazilian Senate

On June 12th, a debate about the “Importance of governmental politics on industrial property to fight against the negative impacts of agrobusiness”, requested by Senator Lasier Martins (Podemos/RS), was organized in the Senate by the Commission of Agriculture and Agrarian reform (CRA).

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Proposal authorizes BRPTO to conclude agreements and partnerships to streamline patents

Bill #2334/19 authorizes the signature of covenants or partnerships between the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BRPTO) and public or private entities. The text seeks to alter the Brazilian IP Statute(9.279/96), which also refers to the authority’s competences.

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Brazil’s involvement in international organizations strengthened after votes by Senate

The Senate Plenary approved on May 30th the international agreement on Brazil’s greater involvement in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Brazilian Senate approves Regulatory Agencies’ Legal Framework

The bill intents to regulate “the management, the organization, the decision process and the social control” of the federal regulatory agencies in Brazil.  

The Brazilian Senate’s floor approved on May 30, 2019 the text of the General Law of Regulatory Agencies (Bill S. 52 of 2013 or PLS 52/2013), which establishes a variety of measures that aim to guarantee the transparency and autonomy of these institutions, as well as to avoid the interference of private sector interests on regulatory requirements. The bill also deals with the interaction between regulatory agencies and competition agencies, as well as the operational interaction between regulatory agencies and federal, state, and municipal regulatory bodies.

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