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Brazilian Patent Office expands patent prosecution acceleration project to all technology fields

Imran K. (Oct 22, 2019)

The new rules aim to simplify procedures for both the user and the INPI (BPO), and increase possible agreements that prioritize or process patents and record as examination steps, contributing to the execution of the process. On average, considering the patents analyzed via PPH in Brazil in 2019, the concession period is eight months, in some cases only one month.

 

Now, with the change, these rules will be standardized for the agreements, observing the limit of 400 requests per year for the PPHs (one per month for each applicant) and the inclusion of all technical areas.

 

Under PPH agreements, the examination of a patent application can be prioritized in Brazil when it has already been evaluated at a participating national / regional office of the agreement (China, Denmark, United States, Europe, Japan, PROSUR, and United Kingdom). In other hand, if an application has already been examined in Brazil, it may be issued in the other country with which the INPI has a PPH agreement.

 

Some requirements for the acceleration of patent applications in Brazil are: not having started the technical examination; belong to a patent family which oldest or priority application has been filed in one of the partner countries or in Brazil where a decision to grant or substantially approval has been issued.

Source: http://​www.marcanto.com.br/eng


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