Reports which indicate a supposed direct link between compulsory licences and the acceleration of global vaccination have been circulating in the Brazilian media. However, such a relationship does not yet exist. Even though the process of decreeing a compulsory licence for a patent is quite simple, this does not mean that the technology will be easily available for any interested company to produce and commercialise it, or that such technology will be free of charge.
Over the past year the Brazilian courts and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office have been adapting to the new reality brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of these judicial and administrative changes, the Brazilian IP landscape is becoming increasingly favourable for entrepreneurs and companies. While Brazil still has a long way to go, the government's pursuit of greater effectiveness in its judicial and IP systems is commendable.