05 February 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

BPTO extends USPTO highway

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) has extended its Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

According to a BPTO bulletin, the agreement, which had a deadline of 31 January 2018, has been extended to 10 May 2018.

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

Brazil has entered into a range of PPH agreements with various patent offices, including the European Patent Office, the State Intellectual Property Office of China, and the Japan Patent Office.

The BPTO is also a part of a PPH programme that encompasses the Latin American PROSUR group, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

According to Brazilian law firm, Di Blasi Parente & Associados, the implementation of such agreements is part of the BPTO’s strategy to reduce its backlog.

In January, the BPTO implemented a pilot programme aimed at tackling the backlog of patent applications at the office.

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