In our previous news updates on July 10 and July 4, we reported that the INPI (the Brazilian Patent Office) has launched an ambitious “Plan to Combat Backlog of Patents” in Brazil.

The plan aims to reduce the backlog by 80% before 2021, as well as the average term of grant to approximately two years from the request for examination.

In order to achieve this goal, preliminary office actions were established under Rules #240/19 and #241/19 (see our chart summarizing the rules in our previous update).

The INPI started to issue its preliminary official actions under the new rules in July.

Since introduction of the new plan, the INPI has helpfully provided live updates on the nature and flow of the project on its website, where you can follow the number of pending applications, as well as the relevant technological areas.

The reported data (as per 15 October) shows the number of pending patent applications was reduced from 149,940 to 140,450, which is a significant reduction of around 6% corresponding to 9,490 applications in little over 2 months.

This is a very positive development, since it shows that the plan is currently working well.

We will continue to monitor the developments regarding these new initiatives in the patent office. If you would like more information on the above or our work with patents in Brazil, please get in touch with us here.