BPTO and JPO renew PPH between Brazil and Japan
The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) continues expanding international cooperation through Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreements. Starting in April, the BPTO will initiate the second phase of the PPH agreement with the Japan Patent Office (JPO), which will last until April of 2021, according to an agreement signed by representatives of both patent offices (...)
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The number of trademark applications and registrations increase; backlog decreases 46.6%
In 2018, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) granted 191,813 trademark registrations. In comparison with the previous year, when 123,362 registrations were granted, the increase was of 55.5%. Regarding the BPTO’s backlog, there was a significant reduction of 46.6%, dropping from 358,776 to 191,535 applications awaiting for a decision in December 2018. There was (...)
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Who owns copyrights over an athlete’s tattoos depicted in video games?
In the United States, the design company Solid Oak Sketches filed lawsuits against video games developers Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games. Plaintiff claims that the unauthorized reproduction of athletes’ tattoos in video game avatars would infringe the tattooers’ copyrights. On the other hand, defendants argue that the questioned drawings would be displayed briefly and without (...)
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The BPTO and CAS collaborate to improve efficiency of patent application examination with new AI approach
The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) started an alliance with CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society specialized in scientific information solutions, aiming at improving the efficiency of patent application examinations, as well as accelerating the processing of applications at the BPTO. CAS will use data from its human curator content collection in (...)
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Nomination of Cláudio Vilar Furtado for the BPTO’s presidency
On January 8, 2019, Cláudio Vilar Furtado was appointed President of the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (“BPTO”). Nominated by Carlos da Costa, Special Secretary for Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economy, Furtado shall deal with sensitive issues in the current Brazilian intellectual property system. These include the reduction of backlog and timeframe (...)
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BPTO launches the first edition of Industrial Design Guidelines
On January 7, 2019, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) officially approved, through Resolution No. 232/2019, the industrial design manual, consolidating the guidelines and procedures related to the examination of applications for registration of industrial designs. Among the covered topics, the BPTO expressed its view relating to the priority right and protection of parts (...)
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The last Provisional Measure published by former President Michel Temer creates the National Data Protection Authority (“ANPD”).
The creation of ANPD was provided in the bill of law that resulted in the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (Law No. 13,709/18 – “LGPD”), but it was vetoed by the former President on the grounds that the creation of the authority was the prerogative of the Executive Branch of the government, instead of the (...)
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According to Decree No. 9,660, dated January 1, 2019, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office will be under the umbrella of the Ministry of Economy, a combination of three former Ministries: Finance, Planning and part of the Ministry of Development and Foreign Trade. The new Ministry will be headed by Paulo Guedes and its main (...)
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