On August 1, 2017, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI) agreed on a memorandum of cooperation to expand cooperation in the field of industrial property.
The outline of the memorandum is as follows:
- Exchanging information on IP systems and practices at the Offices, such as IP strategy, IP international treaties, legislation, regulations, guidelines and manuals, as well as on statistical data on IP administration
- Cooperation on substantive examinations including the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) and the Examiner Exchange Program (enhanced initiative)
- Cooperation in the field of Information Technology
- Cooperation in the field of human resources development for the officials of the Offices, including training
- Sharing experiences and knowledge of the Offices regarding the following
- Overall management of the Offices including managing human resources, finances and examination quality
- Activities to promote public awareness, including providing educational materials and IP information to the public
- Exchanging IP data between the Offices such as gazettes
- Cooperation for the strengthening of IP protection in collaboration with the relevant authorities (new initiative)
- Sharing user evaluations on the IP Rights systems and practices of the Offices (new initiative)
INPI requires over 10 years on average from receiving an application from applicants to sending a notice of the first examination results to them.
We hope that the examination period will be shortened by using the know-how of examination in Japan.