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Seminar debates new Brazilian innovation law

by Richard Meckien - published Mar 18, 2016 09:15 AM - - last modified Jun 04, 2019 11:39 AM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Mauro Bellesa.

A new law in Brazil (Lei nº 13.243 - in Portuguese), which was established on January 12, will be discussed at the seminar The New Innovation Law: Expectations, Perspectives and Initiatives, on April 4, from 9.30 pm to 12.00 pm, in the Congregation Room of the USP's Faculty of Economics, Management and Accounting (FEA).

Sibá Machado
Deputy Sibá Machado, rapporteur of the project that gave rise to the Innovation Law

The seminar will examine the main aspects of the new law, exploring the perspectives of the main drivers for innovation and outlining the actions that should be undertaken to make the law to become effective.

The central exhibition will be made by deputy Sibá Machado, rapporteur of the project that gave rise to the law. The meeting will be opened by the FEA's director, Adalberto Américo Fischmann, and will feature the following speakers:

  • José Eduardo Krieger, provost for research at the USP (institutional view);
  • Helena Nader, president of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC) (perspective of the scientific community);
  • Paulo Mol, national superintendent of the Euvaldo Lodi Institute (IEL) of the National Industry Confederation (CNI) and coordinator of the Business Mobilization for Innovation (MEI) (perspective of the business community);
  • Maria Paula Dallari Bucci, legal superintendent of the USP (initiatives for effectiveness).



Just over a year the Boards of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate promulgated a constitutional amendment (Emenda Constitucional nº 85 - in Portuguese), amending and adding devices in the Federal Constitution to update the treatment of activities in science, technology and innovation. The amendment has lead to the final law project presented by various members of the Parliament in 2011 and resulted in the new innovation law, enacted on January 11 by President Dilma Rousseff.

The new law provides for incentives to scientific development, research, innovation, and scientific and technological capacity. It also amends several existing legal provisions, in particular Law No. 10.973 / 2004, known as the Innovation Law.

According to Professor Guilherme Ary Plonski, organizer of the seminar, these advancements in legislation are the result of a "laborious and tense" construction, to which numerous academic, business and government institutions have devoted their efforts over five years. He considers "particularly auspicious the fact that this work has made it to term even in this delicate national context."

The event is a partnership between the USP's Dean of Research, the IEA, the USP's Center for Policy and Technology Management (PGT), based on FEA, and the Centre for Research Innovation and Competitiveness Observatory (NAP- OIC), based on the IEA.

Photo: Gustavo Lima/Chamber of Deputies