On July 23, 2018 the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) published online a report about decisions from the Board of Appeal which were issued in 2017.
The decisions consider the guidelines issued between 2013 and 2016 and contains analysis of 480 decisions. The publication aims to impart transparency and consistency on how the INPI applies the guidelines and so, providing a better view for applicants. It addresses several common controversial issues such as clarity and precision, enablement, novelty and inventive step in different areas such as electronics, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals.
Despite the above, this is an important milestone for Brazil and a first step towards a more complete understanding of the Brazilian practice.
Post written by Fernando Seixas
Pharmacist and Patent Specialist, Brazil