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Brazil - Green patents is back to stay!

Written by Daniel van Herck :: [Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:18]
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Tuesday, 03 January 2017
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The “Green Patents” program has now finally become a permanent feature of the services provided by the National Institute for Intellectual Property (BPTO). Until November 6 of this year, a series of pilot projects granted accelerated examination to patent applications classified as green technology according to the World Intellectual Property Organization listing. During the life of these pilot projects, 480 requests for fast track examination were filed, of which 325 were accepted as Green Patent. Of these, 70% were granted in less than two years. This proved be a successful service and therefore, implemented as permanent feature. As is known, the average time for processing a normal patent request in Brazil is 10 years. The current procedure stipulates a maximum examination time of 24 months counted from the acceleration request.
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