U.S. and Brazil agree to Patent Work Sharing
In a blog post by Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs Shira Perlmutter, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that the U.S. and Brazil signed a “Joint Statement on Patent Work Sharing” during Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to the United States on June 30, 2015.
The agreement highlights the importance of work sharing to improve efficiency in the patent application process.By facilitating the granting of patent rights, costs to obtain patent protection in multiple jurisdictions will be reduced and, more broadly, economic growth and development will be boosted in both countries.
According to Perlmutter “this agreement is part of broader government-wide efforts to expand trade and investment with Brazil and is something the private sector has been urging both governments to adopt for some time.”
The USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) is now working closely with the Brazilian Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI) to establish a technical framework for a future patent work-sharing program between the two offices. According to Perlmutter´s post, this agreement on such a work-sharing program is expected to be finalized by the end of this summer.