IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

Brazil

In 2020, the Patent Backlog Combat Plan was launched as the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) makes a concerted effort to chip away at a mountain of pending applications. With the waiting list stretching to some 100,000-plus applications, the average time for processing has risen to 11 years, deterring...

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In 2020, the Patent Backlog Combat Plan was launched as the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) makes a concerted effort to chip away at a mountain of pending applications. With the waiting list stretching to some 100,000-plus applications, the average time for processing has risen to 11 years, deterring many innovators from filing in Brazil. The plan aims to shift 80% of the backlog to reduce the timeframe for a decision to a more respectable two years. As a result of this official initiative, most patent prosecutors have been spending considerable amounts of time responding to office actions. As well as incentivising foreign rights holders to file in Brazil, the uptick in INPI activity is expected to lead to an increase in patent litigation. Later in 2020, the government published its comprehensive national strategy for IP policy, heralding a 10-year reform plan which includes a comprehensive review of pharmaceutical and life science patent regulations. The government initiated a consultation on the proposed reforms with stakeholders and the general public, in a move which has been welcomed by patent holders and patent practitioners alike.

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