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Brazil: 'Green Patents' are here to stay


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Google search first result - A Green Patent -
 are they environmentally friendly?.
Back in 2011 we reported that the Brazilian Institute da Propiedade Industrial (INPI) was launching a pilot program called the "Green Patents" - which was meant to last a year but at the end was extended to 4 years. This program gave priority to patent examinations and accelerated the process to those inventions that contribute to global climate change and are related to environmentally friendly technologies. Nowadays, the ‘Green Patents’ project has become a permanent service at the INPI (Resolution No. 175/2016).

This move was taken after “the good results achieved”. During the pilot 480 applications were received; from these, 325 were considered eligible. The average time for the patent process was two years.

A list of these technologies can be seen here in the Magazine of Industrial Property (RPI) nº 2396, dated 06 December 2016, from page 3 onward.

Source INPI.

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