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On 7 December 2016, at the Brazil Joint Economic and Trade Committee meeting, British Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, and the Brazilian Minister for Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Marcos Pereira, witnessed the renewal of the MoU between the countries’ respective IP offices.

The MoU will be underpinned by a work plan setting out a firm commitment to cooperate across a wide range of IP issues, such as sharing best practice in IP office management and patent examination methods. These activities will promote innovation, creativity and economic growth in both countries.

The agreement was signed by HM Ambassador to Brazil, Alex Ellis, on behalf of Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property and President Luis Otavio Pimentel of the Brazilian IP office. To read the Government’s press release in full, click here.