By Julian Cornelius

On 12 February, by Rule235/2019, the INPI (the Brazilian Patent Office) initiated Phase II of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Project with the Japan Patent Office (JPO).

The project allows for fast-track patent examination procedures and the sharing of information regarding examinations in both offices. The INPI released the provisional results from phase I earlier in January, showing significant results for international applicants (on average, the office granted patents within 1 year or less under the initiative).

This move is part of a larger effort by the INPI over the last years to increase productivity and reduce the numbers of decisions pending before the office (see our earlier related article here)

Phase II expands the list of technical fields eligible under the project. Under phase I, energy, machinery, audiovisual technology, telecommunications, digital communication, computer technology semi-conductors were already eligible. Phase II now also includes macromolecular chemistry, polymers, agrochemicals, microorganisms, enzymes, metallurgy and materials.

The PDF containing the Rule, as well as the relevant international patent classifications eligible under phase II of the project can be accessed here (Revista 2510).

The number of patent applications in Brazil by international applicants has increased over the last years. At the same time, the PPH Pilot Project has proven to be a potent measure in terms of saving applicants time and money.

Phase II of the project, which will commence on 1 April 2019, is limited to 200 applications and to one application per applicant per month (except during the last 30 days, when this limit will not apply).

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