The Ibero-American Industrial Property Program (IBEPI) recently conducted an analysis of patent applications related to “Conservation”, “Bio-technology”, and “New Technologies” in the agri-food sector of participating countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Mexico).

The full report (in Spanish/Portuguese) can be accessed here.

The analysis, which focused on the second half of 2018, was conducted as part of the organisation’s strategy for co-operation and promotion of activities in Intellectual Property.

The IBEPI analysis found that during the second half of 2018, the national patent offices of the participating countries published 604 agri-food related patent applications. With agribusiness accounting for 22% (R$ 1.44 trillion) of the country’s GNP, it is of no surprise to see Brazil leading the list with 313 applications, followed by Spain (124 applications), Mexico (98 applications), Colombia (37 applications) and Argentina (32 applications).

Non-residents of IBEPI’s countries are responsible for the larger part of applications (84%), with the United States standing out with 150 applications, followed by Switzerland and Netherlands (66 applications each), Denmark (34 applications) and France (33 applications).

The country with the highest number of applications by residents is Brazil with 49, followed by Spain with 19, Colombia with 17, Mexico with 11, and Argentina with 2.

Companies are responsible for 89% of the applications. Nestec leads the applicant’s list with 45 applications, followed by DSM (17 applications), MJN Holdings (15 applications) and Brazilian Federal University of Paraiba (15 applications).

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