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Viviane Kunisawa


Daniel Law

Viviane Kunisawa is a partner with Daniel Law. She is highly proficient in the field of Regulatory Law for Life Sciences, including Agribusiness, and in matters related to access to genetic resources. With substantial experience in strategic litigation, consulting, and advocacy initiatives, Viviane holds extensive expertise in patent enforcement projects and combating unfair competition, leveraging her knowledge in regulatory law to advocate for clients’ interests. With a Ph.D. title from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, she conducted research on the implementation of the TRIPs Agreement in Brazil for the pharmaceutical industry as a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, also having served as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property (Chizaiken) in Tokyo.

Recent Articles by Viviane Kunisawa

The Biotechnology Revolution: The Impact of the New WIPO Treaty on Genetic Resources

After 25 years of negotiations, representatives from various countries gathered at a diplomatic conference in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 13 to 24, 2024, resulting in the approval of this historic treaty. The main change brought by the treaty is the mandatory disclosure of the origin of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in patent applications.

What’s Next After Brazil’s Enactment of the Nagoya Protocol

In a significant milestone for the preservation of biodiversity, Decree 11,865/2023, published in the Official Gazette on 12/28/2023, enacted the Nagoya Protocol in Brazil. The protocol, providing for access to genetic resources and the fair sharing of benefits arising from their use, is part of the renowned Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Nagoya Protocol, in force since October 12, 2014, relates to the international commitment of 140 countries, including Brazil, to implement the objective of the CBD on the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources and the traditional knowledge associated with them (TK).