PTO discloses the results of the 2014 Priority Agenda
In 2014, the Brazilian Industrial Property Institute (INPI) defined and implemented a series of goals and priority actions to improve its short-term response time.This decision to prioritize the improvement of its operational efficiency resulted in the decrease of trademark backlog and the reduction in the growth rate of the backlog of patents and industrial designs.
Regarding trademarks, the number of examined files increased 76 percent compared to 2013, outperforming the annual number of applications, and the application backlog in INPI was reduced for the first time in four years. Read more.
In 2014, the number of final decisions on patent applications was 40 percent higher than the previous year. Since the number of patent examiners did not increase during 2014, this productivity growth mainly was due to the resolution of pending formal requests.
Together with the productivity increase, there was also a 3 percent decrease in the number of patent applications during 2014, thus reducing the backlog growth rate. The number of outstanding applications waiting for a final decision increased 6 percent compared to 2013, as opposed to the 11 percent growth from 2012 to 2013.
Regarding industrial designs, the increase in the number of examiners and the optimization and digitalization of examination procedures, contributed to the 137 percent increase of examinations compared to 2013.
In 2014, there was a reduction in the industrial design application backlog growth rate: it grew 19 percent from 2013, as opposed to a 59 percent growth from 2012 to 2013.