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Newsletter 2014.04 – BPO’s “Green Patents” pilot program to be extended

Launched on April 2012, the Brazilian Patent Office’s pilot program that establishes prioritized examination for the so-called “green patents” has now been extended for a further year, being available up to April 16, 2015.

This program’s purpose is to prioritize the examination procedures of patent applications involving “green technologies”, reducing the current average time for concluding the examination of patent applications – which currently takes more than 10 years – to a promised lag time of about 2 years.

Until now, only Paris Convention filed applications, or Brazilian originated national applications, were eligible to enter into this special program.

The big novelty in extending the “green patents” program is that, in this new phase, also Brazilian national phases of PCT applications can benefit from this prioritized route. These can be either new patent applications, still to be filed, or pending patent applications, already filed at the Brazilian Patent Office. For this stage, 500 additional slots have been made available for consecutive adherence thereto.

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