Ecuador’s Ministry for Coordination of Knowledge and Human Talent has urged all of the country’s public institutions to inform the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Institute (IEPI) of all research projects they have completed or have underway, in order to explore the possible intellectual property elements that may be involved and begin processing the pertinent registrations.

This provision seeks to protect intellectual property rights via direct communication between public institutions, with a view to fostering registration and protection of rights, by any system applicable under Ecuadorian law.