>[18.Jul.19] Patents – INPI/BR and EPO increase cooperation
On 17.Jul.2019, in Munich, Germany, during a bilateral meeting between the European Patent Office (EPO) and IP offices from the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the president of the EPO and the president of the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI/BR) signed a Joint Statement to increase cooperation and an agreement renewing access of the INPI/BR to the EPOQUE Net database, the EPO's patent search tool that contains more than 1.3 entries.
In their Joint Statement, the two Heads of Office agreed to work together towards a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a pilot project aimed at strengthening the capacity of the INPI/BR for searching and examining patent applications.
The co-operation between the INPI/BR and the EPO started in 2000 with a first technical co-operation project between both offices. This was followed by a number of bilateral agreements enhancing the co-operation to include granting the INPI/BR access to EPOQUE Net (in 2005) and, in 2017, a joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program, that allows patent applicants to request accelerated treatment of their applications pending at the INPI/BR and the EPO.