A step closer to the joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme?
After several negotiations, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Service of Brazil have signed a bilateral agreement aimed at strengthening their cooperation in the field of patents. The joint statement was signed in Weimar (Germany) by the Brazilian Minister, Marcos Pereira, and the Vice President of the EPO, Raimund Lutz.
This is a clear success for both institutions since the agreement enables them to expedite the prosecution of patent applications and significantly lower the costs involved in the procedure. As several EU Commissioners stated, a greater agility in the patent application process was crucial for a fruitful relationship between both offices.
In the light of the developments, we can predict that a new member will be added to the Patent Prosecution Highway family, namely Brazil’s National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI).
Under the PPH, patent offices would allow applicants to accelerate prosecution by establishing a stronger collaboration between them. If this happens, it would imply that the EPO and Brazil are committing themselves more than ever to accelerate their patent application procedure.