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The importance of Brazil to patent applicants around the world is undeniable. It is the most important patent country in Latin America from a quantitative perspective. We took our data at Patent-Pilot to find out which foreign jurisdictions are highly connected with Brazilian patent law firms.

Here is what we found when looking at the numbers between 2015 and today (August 2019):

Brazilian firms received 28,961 patent cases from other countries during this time frame, and they sent 1,700 patent cases to firms abroad over the same period. In other words, they received 17 times more patent work than they sent.  In terms of number of cases sent, Brazil is in position 26 worldwide, while in the 10th position for cases received. This clearly demonstrates the high importance of the Brazilian market for international patent protection.

The United States is by far the most important partner country: 450 cases sent from Brazil (26% of all cases sent) and 11,534 received (40% of all cases received).

Next are Germany (69 and 3,864), Japan (84 and 2,440), France (17 and 1,833) and Great Britain (52 and 1,459). Looking at Europe overall, Brazilian representatives sent 256 and received 11,969. When considering European countries together, they are of similar importance as the United States.

Brazil’s patent case exchange with other Latin American countries is different: Brazilian firms sent out more (362 cases) than they received (102).

Please note:  Only published filings are taken into account for this research. There are, of course, a number of unpublished filings missing from the data.

The figures are based on a database provided by the European Patent Office (DOCDB), which covers filings from all around the world. However, there are some countries ( India, Thailand, and Vietnam, for example) where the dataset appears to be incomplete.

Source: https://www.patent-pilot.com/en/2019/08/18/patent-cases-exchanged-between-brazil-and-other-countries-since-2015/

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Rarest Pepe — ‘most important NFT in art history’ — sells for 205 ETH

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The rarest Pepe of them all, “Homer Pepe”, has sold for 205 ETH ($320,000) according to owner Peter Kell.

The one-of-a-kind card displays a morph between Simpsons character Homer and the infamous Pepe The Frog.

Peter Kell’s Instagram post. Source: Instagram

Pepe is a cartoon frog created by artist Matt Furie and has inspired countless memes on the internet including Rare Pepes, one of the first art experiments on blockchain.

The Homer Pepe is a user-generated card from the Rare Pepe collectibles platform developed by Joe Looney in 2016 and showcased in the Rare Art Labs Digital Art Festival in 2018. The card was acquired by Kell at the first-ever live auction for blockchain art for $38,500 — said to be the highest price for a non-fungible token, or NFT, at the time. The artwork was also recently featured in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary, “Feels Good Man.” The documentary’s official Twitter account said the card sold for more than the cost to make the entire film.

The new owner, TokenAngels, appears to be accumulating hundreds of other NFTs in the series, and rushed to pick up the most prized one after news emerged it was up for grabs.

“I had to sell a few punks in a hurry,” TokenAngels explained referring to collectibles CryptoPunks. “It was for far less than they’re worth but it was so important to get the funds together to make the transaction on time!”. Joe Looney acted as escrow for the sale.

Well-known artist Matt Kane, honored in Cointelegraph’s Top 100 this year, had earlier created a tribute artwork to Homer Pepe and his tweet about it drew attention to the fact that Kell was looking to sell the original.

Kane said: “I see HOMERPEPE as the most important NFT in art history because its headline-making sale in 2018 influenced so many of the original crypto artists to believe we could put our art to work building both a market and belief around this new technology.”

NFTs, in general, have seen explosive growth this year with more than $300M in sales being generated in the first two months. OpenSea co-founder and chief technology officer Alex Atallah stated earlier this week that the market has grown by more than 7,000% from last year:

“After @3LAU‘s drop last night, the February Ethereum NFT market passed $300m. That’s 7450% growth from last year,” he said on Mar.1.

Renowned music artist 3LAU made history by partnering with Origin Protocol to release his new album through an NFT auction to the top 33 bidders. Raising more than $11.6 million with the top bidder offering $3,666,666. 3LAU also promised to collaborate with the top six bidders to create a custom song or remix for each individual.

Beeple hit the news last week with his Crossroads NFT reselling on the secondary market for $6.6 million. He has also broken through into the mainstream art sector with his “EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS” NFT currently being auctioned off at Christie’s auction house. Bids for the piece are currently sitting at $3.25 million.

Painter Trevor Jones showed the power of the NFT market with his “Bitcoin Angel” painting raising more than $3.2 million with 4,157 editions sold in seven minutes.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/rarest-pepe-most-important-nft-in-art-history-sells-for-205-eth

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Bitcoin has brought new thinking to payments and financial inclusion: SEC chair nominee

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When it comes to Bitcoin, market opinions are often divided, with those who support the asset and those who don’t. Similar camps may now appear to take hold of US regulators and policymakers. Recently, President Biden’s nominee for chairman of United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Gary Gensler appeared to share his perspective on the crypto sector. Gensler said that cryptocurrencies “have been a catalyst for change.” 

Speaking to US Senator Mike Rounds during his Senate confirmation, Gensler added

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have brought new thinking to payments and financial inclusion, but they’ve also raised new issues of investor protection that we still need to attend to.

His opinion on crypto is in stark contrast to Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen’s, who believed that Bitcoin is “extremely inefficient for conducting transactions” and that it is a “highly speculative asset.” It goes against Senator Elizabeth Warren’s views, who thinks Bitcoin would only “end badly.” 

However, if Gensler is confirmed, a move that many crypto enthusiasts are looking forward to, the nominee plans to work to “promote the new innovation.” 

I think, as I teach at MIT on these subjects, that these innovations have been a catalyst for change. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have brought new thinking to payments and financial inclusion but they’ve also raised new issues of investor protection…If confirmed at the SEC, I will work to promote innovation.

He quickly stressed on the importance of investor protection and said:

It’s always important to update our market oversight to new technologies…It’s important to stay true to our principles of investor protection.   

Furthermore, in his opening remarks, Gensler said that markets—and technology— “are always changing” and must not be taken for granted.

Our rules have to change along with them. I believe financial technology can be a powerful force for good but only if we continue to harness the core values of the SEC in service of investors, issuers, and the public.

Gensler is most famously known for testifying before Congress for crypto and blockchain several times in the past. He even argued against the notion that crypto was similar to Ponzi schemes.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-has-brought-new-thinking-to-payments-and-financial-inclusion-sec-chair-nominee

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Multiple assets can ‘behave like ADA’ through Cardano’s Mary upgrade

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IOHK recently went live with its planned Mary hardfork, a milestone upgrade to the Cardano blockchain. Through Mary, the network will now handle ‘non-native’ tokens, natively, creating a multi-asset environment on the blockchain.

According to a release shared with AMBCrypto, this solution was designed to allow any token to be represented on Cardano without the need for smart contracts or custom code.

These assets from other blockchains can behave in a similar way to ADA, Cardano’s native currency. This would allow businesses and developers to take advantage of Cardano’s speed, security, and reduced transaction costs. However, as proposed earlier, ADA will remain Cardano’s principal currency.

Product Director at IOHK, Aparna Jue, believed that native tokens are crucial in the rollout of smart contracts on Cardano. Over the next few months, IOHK team expects to see a “range of promising use cases for the utility of Cardano come to life” and added:

It’s not just native tokens this week, along with rapid expansion of Cardano’s funding mechanism, Project Catalyst, Cardano is now 88% decentralized, bringing us one step closer to not only having the world’s most advanced blockchain, but one whose future development is decided by its community.

With regard to the hard fork overall, during a preview session, founder of IOHK, Charles Hoskinson, said the transition to the Mary upgrade “should be fairly simple.” He revealed that IOHK has been testing the upgrade for almost a month and that the test “looks good, exchanges are happy.”

Amid the positive developments, ADA increased in market capitalization to over $39 million. It currently ranks as the third-largest crypto by market cap, overtaking that of Binance’s BNB token. ADA, which has hiked by 2,595% in the past year, ws trading at $1.24, at press time.

Source: https://eng.ambcrypto.com/multiple-assets-can-behave-like-ada-through-cardanos-mary-upgrade

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