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Title: Pharmaceutical Trademark Examination and its Implications for Self-medication: Parameters and Examples in Brazil
Authors: Bucasio, Rachel de Paiva
da Silva, Elizabeth Ferreira
Fierro, Iolanda M
Peralta, Patrícia P
Keywords: Registered trademarks;Drugs;INN;Brazilian Nonproprietary Names
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Self-medication, the use of drugs without any intervention by a physician or other qualified professional, is a very common practice in Brazil and poses a serious health risk, especially when the consumer is misled in the purchase of a particular pharmaceutical trademark. This work addresses the importance of considering the International Non-Proprietary Names, the Brazilian Nonproprietary Names (DCBs in Portuguese) and their prefixes, ‘stems’ and suffixes when examining a sign that will identify a drug as recommended by the World Health Organization. The paper presents a background on trademarks and some of their definitions, explains trademarks’ functions and registrability issues, as well as the need for creating a global system of nomenclature for pharmaceutical products. Moreover, this work shows the Brazilian approach and comments on the queries carried out in the trademark database of the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI in Portuguese). Finally suggestions are proposed to improve the examination of signs that will identify drugs, seeking safe use by consumers.
Page(s): 439-447
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.18(5) [September 2013]

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