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BPTO issues new Normative Instruction regarding electronic registration of software

On February 12, 2019, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) issued Normative Instruction No. 99/2019, setting the electronic registration procedures for computer programs.

Said Resolution reiterates the procedures established in the Normative Instruction No. 74/2017, now revoked, and brings clarification on the transfer of rights and on the secrecy of the proceedings. In case of bankruptcy or testamentary succession, for example, the transfer shall be made via court order.

Due to the confidential nature of technical documentation, in case of judicial decision, such documentation may be opened, before the parties nominated by the judge, in order to obtain a copy.

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