Easing registration requirements in Brazil--Kat friend Kasznar Leonardos has reported that the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office ("BPTO") has taken further steps to ease the burden on parties to a technological transfer agreement that provides for the remittance of payments abroad. Technical assistance service agreements constitute a grey area, since the agreement may or may not involve the transfer of technology. In order to streamline the administrative burden of BPTO registration, the BPTO published a limited list of services that would be exempt from the registration requirement. After complaints that the list was too narrow, on December 1, 2015, the BPTO published Resolution No. 156, which extends the list to also include the following services:
"1. Preventive maintenance services for equipment and machines;
2. Repair, fixing, adjustment, calibration, review, inspection, reform and recovery services for equipment and and/or machines of any kind;
3. Assembling supervision services, assembling, dismantling, installation and start operations for equipment and/or machines".
The IPKat wonders to what extent the courts or other administrative bodies will be called upon to construe some of these terms.
International Conference on Innovation—Bar-Ilan University and the Ono Academic College are sponsoring an international conference, "The Many Faces of Innovation", to be held on January 5-6, 2016. The program is in memory of Alberto Musy and it is of particular interest given the broad view of innovation that the organizers have taken. IPKat hopes to report on the conference.
Some Kat readers may have followed reports about the devastating rains that fell on Chennai in southeast India. SpicyIP has received a tip that rains found their way into the IPO office in Chennai and that a certain number of files were damaged. It appears that efforts are being made to restore the files by drying them out. Given predictions that further rains are expected in Chennai, it is hoped that restoration efforts will be completed soon.