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João Vitor Batista


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João Vitor Esteves has been an Attorney at Law at Licks Attorneys’ Rio de Janeiro office since 2023, who joined our team in 2021 as a legal intern and a paralegal.

Mr. Esteves has experience with complex litigation in intellectual property law, including patent infringement, unfair competition and patent validity, specifically concerning the telecommunication and pharmaceutical industries. Mr. Esteves also has experience dealing with treaties and international agreements on intellectual property rights.

Recent Articles by João Vitor Batista

Boom in Brazil’s Medical Device Market Creates Patent Infringement Issue

Did you know that Brazil’s medical device market is experiencing a surge, attracting billions in imports annually? This boom, however, is attracting not only legitimate businesses but also those looking to exploit loopholes. On average, more than US$6.7 billion worth of products are imported annually, with around 14,000 new products being introduced every year. One example is the increase in sales of equipment for endoscopic surgeries, given the rise in the number of bariatric surgeries, which already exceeds 70,000 procedures per year.

Brazilian Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Allow AI as Inventor

On February 20, 2024, a Brazilian congress member, Antônio Luiz Rodrigues Mano Júnior (known as Júnior Mano), introduced a bill to amend the national IP Statute (Law #9,279/96) and regulate the ownership of inventions generated by artificial intelligence systems. Bill #303/2024 proposes the addition of a paragraph to Article 6 of the IP Statute, which regulates ownership of inventions, with the following wording: “in the case of inventions autonomously generated by artificial intelligence system, the patent can be requested in the name of the artificial intelligence system that has created the invention, being the artificial intelligence system considered the inventor and owner of rights arising from the invention.”