Brazil & Japan: The Brazilian Patent Office (BRPTO) and The Japan Patent Office (JPO) signed Phase II of PPH

The new phase of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program will come into effect on 1 April 2019.

The main features of the PPH include: i) the acceptance of applications in some fields of chemical and biotechnology engineering; ii) the variation of the limit set on the number of applications per month, will now allow one application monthly per applicant; iii) and for the last month of the program, that is March 2021, there will be no limit on the number of applications per month; and, iv) the acceptance of applications in all arts and not just the ones previously approved in the pilot program.

The aforementioned will allow applicants to obtain patents in a shorter time in Brazil, along with the mentioned features.