Second PPH pilot program in Brazil just started!
By Marta Garcia
As we previously reported in our blog, in October 2016, the Brazilian Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry signed an agreement to cooperate in order to speed up patent examination procedures.
Accordingly, on March 16, 2017, the Brazilian PTO (INPI) President, Luiz Otávio Pimentel, and the President of the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), Yoshinori Komiya, signed a Joint Declaration in São Paulo to start a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot program between the two countries.
The PPH pilot program, which started on April 1, 2017, will last for two years, and a maximum of 200 PPH requests will be accepted between the two countries.
During the pilot phase, the INPI will only accept patent applications related to Information Technology and machinery, mainly for automobile-related technologies, whereas the JPO will accept PPH requests for patent applications in any field.
Additionally, the INPI has limited the number of PPH requests by the same applicant up to six each four months. However, this limit will be removed before the end of the PPH pilot program, i.e., from December 2018 to March 2019.
This is the second PPH pilot program that the Brazilian INPI enters, after the one launched on January 11, 2016 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).