Examining the Influence of the Pre-Salt on Patent Applications Related to Drilling Fluids in Brazil

Author(s): Gabriel Marcuzzo do Canto Cavalheiro.

Journal Name: Recent Patents on Engineering

Volume 10 , Issue 1 , 2016

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Abstract:

Background: With the discovery of the Pre-Salt oil deposits, the exploration of oil and gas is being extended to great depths in Brazil, thereby generating increasing demand for drilling capabilities.

Objective: This article is aimed at assessing the consequences of this discovery accomplished by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) on patent applications in Brazil related to drilling fluid technologies.

Methods: In essence, our study adopts a qualitative/quantitative approach based on a combination of literature review and empirical analysis of patent data.

Results: Clearly, it was possible to observe a strong pattern in patent filings regarding the IPC main group C09K 8 in Brazil, which is the primary classification for drilling fluid technologies. Moreover, we found solid empirical evidence indicating that the majority of patent applications were filed by Multi-Nationals Companies (MNCs) with headquarters outside Brazil.

Conclusion: This study provides robust empirical evidence pointing out that the pre-salt announcement contributed to strongly increase the interest of MNCs in protecting their drilling fluid technologies in Brazil.

Keywords: Brazil, drilling fluids, innovation, oil industry, patent strategizing, pre-salt discovery.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 10
ISSUE: 1
Year: 2016
Page: [3 - 11]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1872212109666151003005939

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