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Posted on January 15, 2016
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program, which predicts the cooperation between patent offices in Brazil and the United States, has begun its operations this week. One of the goals is to improve the quality of examination and the efficiency of patent request proceedings.
The strategic use of the project, combined with other modalities of priority examination, makes it possible for companies and Brazilian industries have their patent applications from any sector prioritized by the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), organ attached to the Ministry for Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC). This prioritization allows that the exam is conducted within a significantly shorter timeframe. For that, it’s necessary that the same request is also put forth with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Once the requests are granted by the INPI, it will also be possible to prioritize requests in the USPTO.
The agreement which guarantees the execution of this pilot program was signed between the INPI and the USPTO during the Brazil-US Commercial Dialogue (MDIC-DoC), which took place in November 2015, in Brasília.