Following the implementation of PPH Pilot programs with the USPTO, the JPO and the PROSUR countries, the Brazilian PTO just announced a new pilot program for fast-track examination of patent applications with the European PTO.

The agreement was signed in October, 2017 with the purpose of expanding the relationship between Brazil and Europe regarding the examination of patent applications.

According to the announcement, eligibility to the pilot program will be conditioned to applications covering inventions on the chemistry and medical technology fields (excluding pharmaceuticals) and the number of participant applications will be limited to 300 within the period of one year.

We are expecting the issuance of a Resolution within the next weeks containing more details about the program.