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.