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Manuela is a Pharmacist and Patent Specialist who joined Licks Attorneys’ Rio de Janeiro office in 2020 to work with intellectual property, mainly with prosecution of patent applications/patents at the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BRPTO), with emphasis on the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological field. Manuela acts performing searches, analyzing and reporting technical opinions from the BRPTO and the Brazilian FDA (ANVISA), preparing briefs to comply with/contest said technical opinions and preparing and replying to thirdparty observations (pre-grant and post-grant oppositions). As a member of Licks Attorneys’ technical staff, she also assists the litigation team with her technical background in the pharmaceutical field. Ms. Carvalho has knowledge of the Brazilian Patent Statute, normative instructions and examination guidelines issued by the Brazilian PTO, as well as the main intellectual property treaties.