Brazil and EPO sign agreement to enhance co-operation

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO), and the European Patent Office (EPO) shall enhance the co-operation between the two offices. EPO’s president, António Campinos, and INPI’s president Claudio Vilar Furtado, have signed a joint declaration agreeing to work on a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a pilot project aimed at strengthening the capacity to search and examine patent applications in the INPI. They also signed an agreement renewing INPI’s access to the EPOQUE Net database, an EPO patent search tool with more than 1.3 billion references.

The cooperation between BPTO and EPO date the year 2000, begging with a pilot project focused on the technical cooperation between offices. It was followed by a series of bilateral agreements extending cooperation to include BPTO access to EPOQUE Net (in 2005) and, in 2017, a joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program, which allows applicants to request priority treatment for their pending patent applications at BPTO and EPO.