First Trademark Application Backlog Reduction since 2010
For the first time in four years, the trademark application backlog in the Brazilian Industrial Property Institute (INPI) was reduced in 2014. The backlog had grown on average 22 percent per year from 2010 to 2013.
The number of examined files increased 76 percent compared to 2013 with 190,916 in 2014, and outperformed the annual number of applications, with 156,898 in 2014. The backlog reduction also was influenced by a slight decrease of 4 percent in the total number of trademark applications in 2014.
The enhancement of examination capability at INPI Trademark Department was due to improvements in two critical areas: human resources and information technology.
In 2014, the number of trademark examiners increased from 66 to 102, reaching the highest number in the history of INPI. The consolidation of IT systems also contributed to both the 19 percent increase of examiners productivity and the improvement of management tools in the Trademark Department.
The challenge now for INPI is to provide suitable operating conditions allowing Brazil to adhere to the Madrid Protocol. Currently, the average time for a first examination issuance is 43 months. The goal is to reduce that period to up to 18 months.