As provided by Ordinance No. 25/2023 (which has been announced in our e-alert here), the Hague Agreement enters into force today in Brazil.
Such agreement enables the registration of industrial designs in several countries through a single international application, resulting in a simplified proceeding and cost reduction for interested parties.
The design applications under the Hague Agreement must be filed before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). After a formal examination, the application will be forwarded to each designated country to resume the prosecution phase. In case of applications designating Brazil, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) will conclude the substantive examination. It is expected that the allowance/rejection decision is published within 6 months counted from the filing date.
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