12 October 2017
São Paulo
Reporter: Barney Dixon

BPTO and EPO sign PPH cooperation treaty

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a cooperation treaty, aimed at the creation of a patent prosecution highway (PPH) between the two offices.

At the general meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, presidents of both offices signed a treaty for a PPH focused on medical and chemical technologies.

The BPTO explained that the PPH will accept 300 patent applications per year.

The BPTO, which currently has a PPH agreement with the Japan Patent Office, launched a pilot project with the USPTO in January last year. It also has agreements with Latin American countries that are part of the PROSUR group.

PPH agreements allow offices to request fast-track examination in the partner country after the patent application has been granted in the home country.

According to Brazilian law firm Di Blasi Parente & Associados, the BPTO has been implementing PPH agreements in recent years “in a clear policy to reduce the patent backlog and foster the filing of international applications in Brazil, as well as Brazilian patent applications worldwide”.

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