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Partnering to optimize Intellectual Property rights in Argentina

By Estudio Chaloupka - 21/04/2022

As part of the Smart IP for Latin America initiative, Argentina’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation held a conference focused on innovation as a key component of sustainable development, with the participation of almost a thousand people from the country and abroad.

Smart IP for Latin America is a research initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. It provides a neutral forum for academic and legal policy discourse on intellectual property and competition law in Latin America. It aims to inform and advise academia, policymakers, the business sector and the public on the basis of impartial and evidence-based fundamental research. The goal is to support the realization of Latin America’s social, cultural, and economic potential.

Argentina recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. The aim is to carry out joint studies in the field of intellectual property law, in particular on technology transfer. Local and regional development is to be promoted with a focus on disciplines and areas that promise positive social, ecological and productive effects.

The initiative is based on the idea that intellectual property protection can only bring sustainable benefits to an economy if local market and competitive conditions and the specific needs of the country concerned are considered. Free trade agreements concluded by countries in Latin America often take too little account of this, especially when contracting partners try to assert the interests of their own industries.

In the course of the collaborations, the aim is now to determine specifically which adjustments to the respective legal framework can actually help to promote technology transfer and local innovation. This also includes sufficient flexibility in the digital context, for example in the form of specific exemption regulations that allow text and data mining in the context of artificial intelligence.

By Estudio Chaloupka - 21/04/2022
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