The Public Note claims that the vacancy of the position prevents INPI to adopt the urgent and necessary steps for solving several issues such as the backlog. And for such a purpose, it is essential that the new Commissioner must be a person well skilled in the area.
While it might be true that the appointment of a new Commissioner will be important for the future of the INPI, they have actually been quite busy in recent times. This week, they have just launched the ‘beta test’ on its new website. Since late April, INPI launched the electronic filing system for industrial designs.
The hearsay is that the Brazilian government is having difficulties in finding someone suitable that is willing to accept this position, which is not seen as an easy one. Let's hope, however, that a person that can lead the Brazilian IP practice to a new level is found.
Post written by Roberto Carapeto (Licks Attorneys' Tokyo Office).