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Ms. Elvira Andrade joined Licks Attorneys as a technology specialist in 2013 and has over 30 years’ experience in intellectual property, mostly as patent examiner. She worked for the BRPTO, where she occupied several highprofi le positions relating to patent examination, as she was responsible for dealing with soft ware patentability matters. She also was the Head of the Division of Computer Program Registration and Acting General Coordinator of Other Registrations, which included the computer programs register. Ms. Andrade also attended courses at EPO and USPTO and worked in appeals, administrative and judicial nullity proceedings at BRPTO.
As responsible for matters related to computer-implemented inventions patentability, she gave lectures on this topic, as well as participated in the Working Group that created internal rules for this type of exam. As Head of the Computer Program Registration Division, she led projects to minimize the area’s backlog, to institute the deposit of the computer program registration on CD / DVD and the regulations regarding the deposit of topography of integrated circuits applications.
Here at Licks she has been working not only with draft ing and prosecuting of telecom patent applications according to the Brazilian Industrial Property Statute (Law #9,279/96) and the guidelines of the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Off ice (BRPTO) but also with telecom litigation. She has also been analyzing BRPTO’s written opinions as well as third party submissions, including their replies. She also performs the patent examination in order to determine if they are Standard Essentials Patents (SEPs).