This time, the measure consists of a cooperation agreement signed between the BPTO and the EPO by means of a PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway) Pilot Program exclusively directed to inventions in the Medical Technology and the Chemistry areas (excluding pharmaceutical products).
The new program will accept a maximum of 300 applications per year, whose examinations will be accelerated after the grant of the corresponding patents by the EPO.
Nowadays, Brazil already maintains PPH agreements with USA (Oil & Gas), Japan (information technology and mechanical engineering) and Latin-America countries that are members of Prosur.
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