14 December 2016
Brasília
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Brazil green lights permanent fast-track programme


The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) has made its fast-track programme for patents covering green technology a permanent fixture.

As of 6 December, the BPTO will allow the acceleration of patent applications covering environmentally friendly technologies, transportation, energy conservation, waste management and agriculture.

Law firm Di Blasi, Parente & Associados said this was due to the “excellent results achieved by the pilot programme”.

The BPTO has run a green patent pilot programme since 2012, based on the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s IPC Green Inventory.

Di Blasi, Parente & Associados said that the main goal of the green patent programme is to directly address global environmental challenges and “encourage innovation in the green technology sector by enabling the identification of new technologies and accelerating their sustainable development and licensing”.

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