On 22 October, the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) published Rule 252/2019, dealing with the various Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs.
As discussed in previous articles, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Project involves an analysis of patents using the examination results in other determined patent offices.
Most noteworthy in regard to the new rule is that the INPI has now removed any limitations to specific technologies, as were contained in all of the country specific PPH programs, considerably broadening the scope for foreign applicants wishing to use the fast-track provisions in Brazil.
The rule however limits participation in the PPH program to a maximum of 400 applications per year, and to no more than one application, per applicant, monthly.
The PPH programs, which include agreements between the INPI and various other patent offices around the world, have already proven to be potent measures in terms of saving applicants time and money.
If you would like more information on the processes and requirements for making an application in Brazil under a PPH program or about our work with patents in Brazil, please get in touch with us here.