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Posted on January 21, 2016
The National Intellectual Property Institute (INPI), attached to the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, launched this week the “Prioritário BR” project, with the goal of securing that an innovative patent application originally deposited in the institute, but with an equivalent deposit in another country, receives priority treatment in its analysis.
“The idea is that we can decide quickly, so we can make it feasable that the company depositing the aptent application has more capablities and leverage in negotiations. We are talking about transfer of technology or even to acquire licensing for their technology, with a patent granted by the INPI”, informed the Patent director for the agency, Júlio César Moreira. According to the director, with “Prioritário BR” INPI intends to analyze patents in quicker timeframe – nine months to a year – so the company can put their product on the market or begin exporting high aggregate value products protected by the patent.
After the granting of patent by the “Prioritário BR” project, the Brazilian applicant can request priority in the US as well, through the ‘Patent Prosecution Highway’ (PPH) project, started on January 11. Brazil is studying expanding the PPH to other countries.