Thursday, 5 November 2009

INPI Sets Higher Grounds and Prepares Itself for Madrid Protocol and the 2014 World Cup


The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has been recently providing goods news and making strong efforts to enhance the quality of its services, especially on patent and trademark prosecution matters. Last October 30, INPI announced the raise of the number of the patent allowances in the last three years, with 3.681 patent applications in 2008 and 2.419 patent allowed in 2007. For this year, it is expected that the total amount will reach 3.886 allowances. In 2010, INPI is committed to achieve the number of 4.250 favorable decisions.

This news is regarded as the recognition of INPI’s effort and commitment to decrease the time of the patent examination procedure and the current backlog, as this Agency used to take almost 8 years to grant or refuse a patent.

As to trademarks, INPI’s President – Mr. Jorge Ávila – promised in last October 22, to reduce trademark examination procedure up to 12 months already in 2010. This promise went public soon after a Report promoted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Brazil had stated that INPI is not a reliable Agency due to the continuous delays in trademark prosecution, which can take place up to 5 years.

In reality, it was not the first time that such announcement was made by the President of INPI. On April 2008, Mr. Ávila confirmed that this Office was taking stringent measures to improve trademark examination so that INPI can meet the required deadline of 18 months, as set out by the Madrid Protocol.

Further to that, the efficiency of INPI’s services in trademark prosecution will be valuable to effectively implement the cooperation agreement executed between the INPI and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). This general cooperation signed in March 5 aims to provide a better protection to FIFA trademarks, as a preparation for the 2014 World Cup of Football that will take place in Brazil.

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