The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) just announced that the limit of 100 requests per annual cycle for participating in the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program using a positive outcome from the PCT phase has been reached.
Therefore, according to Portaria INPI/PR nº 78/2022, any new PPH request based on a positive opinion issued in the PCT phase submitted during this year will be rejected.
Please be advised that it is still possible to file PPH requests based on counterpart granted/allowed case, provided that the foreign Patent Office has a PPH agreement signed with BPTO.
Besides the PPH program, there are other routes still available to expedite the prosecution of patent applications in Brazil, for instance: MEI, ME or EPP applicants; Scientific, Technological and Innovation Institution (ICT) and Startup; patent process which subject matter is considered green technology; health treatment technology (inventions related to the diagnosis, prophylaxis and/or treatment of AIDS, cancer, rare or neglected diseases and public health emergencies of national or international importance, such as COVID-19); technology of public interest or national emergency; technology available in the Brazilian market; patent family initiated in Brazil; and when there is an accusation of counterfeiting (by the applicant or a third party).
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