The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BRPTO) informed on December 16, 2021 that a memorandum to institute a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot project between Brazil and Portugal was signed. This partnership in the PPH program is planned for a period of five years. Through this PPH program, Brazilians will be able to use the result of the examination of the patent application at the BRPTO to speed up the analysis in Portugal. In the same way, Portuguese will be able to use the result of the exam from the Portuguese Office to speed up the analysis at the BRPTO.
Finally, since November 05, 2021 the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program of 2021 is closed for having reached the limit of 600 requests for participation. Currently, the PPH program has signed agreements with the following countries/regions: a) United States; b) European Patent Office, c) Japan, d) China, e) Austria, f) Sweden, g) United Kingdom, h) Denmark, i) South Korea and j) Singapore.
We expect that the new PPH resolution will be published soon, also including Portugal as a new member of the program and defining the rules for this new phase. We will keep you duly informed of any further developments on this matter.
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