The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) have announced a patent prosecution highway. The highway will allow applicants who have successfully obtained a patent in one jurisdiction to request the accelerated processing of a corresponding application in the other.
The agreement was signed on Wednesday 28 March during the tenth UK-Brazil Joint Economic and Trade Committee meeting in London. Collaborative working on the improvement of intellectual property protection in Brazil began in 2016 with the UK-Brazil memorandum of understanding.
Since then Brazil has also signed a similar deal with the State Intellectual Property Office in China ("SIPO"). SIPO have in turn opened the door to a similar deal with the UKIPO with the bilateral work plan announced last year.
It is possible that these bilateral agreements could eventually lead to a tripartite agreement between the UK, China and Brazil, which would be particularly beneficial to patentees seeking protection across the jurisdictions.
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