Invited Overseas Researchers | Viviane Yumy Mitsuuchi Kunisawa

Viviane Yumy Mitsuuchi Kunisawa  
Viviane Yumy Mitsuuchi Kunisawa
Legal counsel, Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos Ltda.

 Visiting Term

29 October - 28 December 2007

 Research Theme

“The Patentability and Scope of Protection of Pharmaceutical Inventions Claiming Second Medical Use - the Japanese and European Approaches as Possible Paradigms for a Developing Country like Brazil”


LL.B. from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Munich, Germany. Research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich, Germany. My professional experience includes working as an attorney at law at Momsen, Leonardos & Cia. (IP specialized firm), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am currently an IP Manager at the legal department of Syngenta, São Paulo, Brazil. My academic experience also includes being a co-chairman of the Plant Varieties Study Commitee of the Associação Brasileira da Propriedade Intelectual - ABPI (the Brazilian group of AIPPI), lecturing at the Post-Graduate Course in Industrial Property Law of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. I am member of the Brazilian Bar Association and of the ABPI.


  1. Protecting Plant Varieties under the Brazilian Intellectual Property Law System. In: Biotechnology and Life Sciences Sector: strategies for BAHTTEXT() survival and patent protection, Financier Worldwide, p.41-42, 2010 (with Ricardo Dutra Nunes).
  2. The Brazilian Patent System: Challenges in the Biotechnology Field. In: Shimanami, Ryo (ed.), The Future of the Patent System, IIP], Institute of Intellectual Property – IIP, Japão, 2009.
  3. Patenting Pharmaceutical Inventions on Second Medical Uses in Brazil. The Journal of World Intellectual Property, v. 12, n. 4, p. 297-316, 2009.
  4. Brasilien TEXT("any";"text")– Aktuelle Entwicklungen hinsichtlich der Rolle der nationalen Gesundheitsbehörde ANVISA im Erteilungsverfahren für pharmazeutische Patente. GRUR INT, Munique, n. 1/2009, p. 88-89, jan. 2009.
  5. O Direito de Informação do Consumidor e a Rotulagem dos Alimentos Geneticamente Modificados. Revista de Direito do Consumidor, São Paulo, n. 53, jan./mar. 2005.
  6. O sistema de propriedade intelectual como fomentador da inovação tecnológica. Revista da ABPI – Associação Brasileira da Propriedade Intelectual, São Paulo, n. 76, p. 16-21, mai./jun. 2005 (with Luiz Leonardos).
  7. Os transgênicos e as patentes em biotecnologia. Revista da AJUFE – Associação dos Juízes Federais do Brasil, Brasília, n. 77, p. 315-344, jul./set. 2004.