BPTO provides software registration manual in English and Spanish

BPTO has made available the Computer Program User Manual in Portuguese, English and Spanish versions. This is the first service of the Institute to have a trilingual manual.

With the manuals, BPTO intends to facilitate access to the internationally-registered software registration service in Brazil, valid in all member countries of the Berne Convention.

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E-Software system

Since 2017, the computer program registration process has been done completely online and with automated decisions through the e-Software system. After the implementation of the system, the certificate of registration became available on the BPTO Portal within 7 (seven) business days.

In recognition of this action, e-Software is one of the three finalists of the HDI ” Citizen IT Initiative 2019 ” award. The final contest will be on October 17th during EXPOGOV 2019.

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Brazil and Denmark sign three agreements to stimulate innovation

Promote partnerships between Brazilians and Danes for innovation activities, including the generation and commercialization of Industrial Property assets, such as patents. This is the main objective of the three agreements signed on Monday, October 7, in Copenhagen (Denmark), by the president of the Brazilian Patent Office (BPTO), Claudio Furtado, with the director-general of the Danish Patent Office (DKPTO), Sune Stampe Sorensen, and with Danish Ambassador to Brazil, Nicolai Prytz.

According to the special secretary of Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness (SEPEC) of the Ministry of Economy, Carlos Da Costa, through the partnership with Denmark, Brazil gives a decisive impulse to expand innovation and, therefore, the competitiveness of Brazilian companies.

BPTO president, Cláudio Furtado, stressed the importance of the agreements to improve the innovation system in Brazil, as well as their positive effects on the economy. “We started a new model to improve the business environment in the country, in addition to promoting the creation and commercialization of Brazilian Intellectual Property in the world market,” he said.

The ceremony was also attended by the Brazilian ambassador in Denmark, Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos. According to him, Brazil can be proud to have Denmark, one of the world leaders in innovation and intellectual property, as the first partner in a broad patent cooperation project.

New partnerships

The first agreement will encourage cooperation between companies from both countries in research, development, and innovation (RD&I). The mapping of potential participants is already being done in many regions of Brazil. One result of this work will be the creation of new patents and other Industrial Property assets in common, that is, involving two or more partners.

The second agreement will speed up the analysis of Brazilian patents in Denmark and vice versa so that these assets can be used effectively in both markets. This will be done through a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) type agreement, broader than the current one. In this PPH model, the result of patent examination done in one country can be leveraged in the other to speed up the process.

Finally, the third agreement involves the next stage of an Industrial Property asset: commercialization. It refers to the IP Marketplace, an online offering and trading platform for these assets, which was developed in Denmark and now has Brazilian adhesion. There are 6,000 registered trademark, patent and industrial design owners from 157 countries.


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The University of Brasilia creates biofertilizer that increases productivity

The Chemistry Institute of the University of Brasilia (UnB), in partnership with Embrapa, has developed a nanotechnology capable of increasing plant productivity, increasing the nutritional value of food, reducing the use of pesticides and making crops less vulnerable to drought and plagues.

Krill A32, a luminescent carbon-based biofertilizer, is under patent application at the Brazilian Patent Office (BPTO).

The name Krill refers to small crustaceans (1 to 2 cm) that serve as food for various marine species, including whales, and are critical for maintaining ecosystems in the oceans. Nanotechnology handles atoms and molecules sized at 1 and 1000 nanometers, verifiable only in special equipment.

As it enables fast plant growth, nano-compost can be used to recover degraded areas, forest management for wood and pulp production, and intensification of agricultural activity – without the need to increase planted areas and shrink forests.

Nano-compound, which is non-toxic, can be applied to plant roots and leaves. The most advanced tests are with foliage. The application with lettuce, cotton, garlic, rice, cocoa, corn, soybean, and tomato was studied. As the substance is luminescent, its absorption in foods can be traced.

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INPI and EPO extend their cooperation

The Brazilian Patent Office (BPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) agreed on July 17, 2019 to work on broadening their cooperation. EPO President António Campinos and BPTO President Claudio Vilar Furtado signed a Joint Declaration in this regard at a bilateral meeting held during an event between the EPO and the IP offices of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries held in Munich, in Germany. They also signed an agreement renewing BPTO’s access to the EPOQUE Net database, an EPO patent search tool with more than 1.3 billion references.

In the Joint Statement, the Officers agreed to work on a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a pilot project, to strengthen the capacity to search and examine patent applications in the BPTO.

After the ceremony, Campinos highlighted the importance of cooperation with BPTO: “I am pleased to sign this Joint Declaration today since traditionally Brazil has been an important cooperation partner for the EPO in Latin America. BPTO has a great deal of expertise in the patent granting process and, with today’s signature, we are paving the way for a closer relationship between offices, benefiting businesses in both regions. ”

Along the same lines, Furtado said: “BPTO welcomes the expansion of the partnership with the EPO. This is an essential step in the modernization of the Institute, the pillar of Brazilian development, to make it a world-class player in industrial property. ”

Cooperation between BPTO and EPO began in 2000, with a first technical cooperation project between offices. This was followed by a series of bilateral agreements extending cooperation to include BPTO access to EPOQUE Net (in 2005) and, in 2017, a joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program, which allows applicants to request priority treatment for their pending patent applications at BPTO and EPO.

About EPO

With 7,000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich and with offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was founded to strengthen patent cooperation in Europe. Through the centralized patent granting procedure of the EPO, inventors can obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries covering a market of about 700 million people. The EPO is also one of the world’s leading patent information and search authorities.


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The approved project that reduces the term of patent of medicines

The Social Affairs Commission (CAS) approved the Senate Bill (PLS) 437/2018 on Wednesday. The bill limits the ownership of drug patents by 20 years. Authorized by Senator José Serra (PSDB-SP), the proposal adapts Brazilian legislation to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which Brazil is a signatory.

TRIPS – signed by Brazil, the United States, the European Union, Japan and other nations in 1994 – provides that property rights over intellectual creation, a patent, expire after 20 years of registration.

PLS 437/2018 received a favorable vote from the Rapporteur, Senator Romário (Podemos Party-RJ). In his evaluation, the project has the potential to improve the licensing of medicines patents in the country. From the sanitary point of view, said Romário, the project corrects flaws or omissions in the legislation in force.

“Through these extended patent validation strategies, the industry delays the arrival of generic drugs on the market and prolongs its economic gains from the original product monopoly. This harms both consumers directly and public pharmaceutical care policies, in which the main purchaser of medicines is the government, and in this context, the measures envisaged in the project under review reinforce Anvisa’s role and its obligation to evaluate patent applications from the perspective of health interest,” said the senator.

The text was followed by the Commission for Science, Technology, Innovation, Communication and Information Technology (CCT) and then by the Commission on Constitution, Justice, and Citizenship (CCJ), which will be a final decision.


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Madrid Protocol: Learn how to apply

On July 2, 2019, Brazil filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the instrument of adhesion to the Madrid Protocol, an international treaty that simplifies and reduces costs for the registration of trademarks of Brazilian companies in other countries.

The treaty enters into force in Brazil on October 2, 2019. As of that date, the Brazilian applicant who intends to register a trademark in other countries via the Madrid Protocol will file an international application within the BPTO. It can be a multiclass application and with more than one applicant in co-ownership.

In turn, the foreign applicant who wishes to register a trademark in Brazil may also choose to use the Madrid Protocol.

The filing is electronic, by means of payment of the Union Collection Guide (GRU) and then filling in the English or Spanish form MM2 in E-trademarks, a system also used for the national filing.


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After Mercosur-EU, Brazil negotiates other international trade agreements

The agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, signed at the end of June, may be the beginning of a series of new international trade treaties involving Brazil. The special secretary of Foreign Trade and International Affairs, Marcos Troyjo, recently reported that new agreements, with other countries and blocs, are under negotiation.

The countries involved are the United States, Japan, South Korea and Efta, a bloc of countries comprising Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein. This block is not part of the European Union. For Troyjo, the agreement with the European Union brings a “new model of economic development and international insertion” for Brazil.

Speech aligned with that of the Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araújo, who also stressed the new vision of “international insertion” of the country. “This agreement [Mercosur-EU] unlocks and accelerates other negotiations, we intend very soon to close new agreements. I think we have the condition to close two more agreements this semester, at least”, the foreign minister said at a press conference.

He added Singapore to the list of ongoing negotiations. The minister believes that over a two-year period, the government will create a “very dense network of trade agreements with major economies, technological hubs”.

Currently, Mercosur has two free trade agreements signed with Egypt and Israel. The two already validated by Brazilian presidential decrees. Brazil has signed a free trade agreement with Chile, but the process has not yet begun. International agreements before they come into force need congressional endorsement.

According to the technical area of the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, “there is great interest in closer economic-trade ties with Japan and the United States, but there is no negotiation of a trade agreement in progress at this time”, despite what the minister said and the special secretary. All agreements under negotiation are via Mercosur.


The agreements cover several areas ranging from trade in goods and services to intellectual property, according to the ministry. Among the impacts, it is expected that, as of the closing of the agreements, it will be possible to “eliminate import tariffs for substantially all trade between the parties and reduce non-tariff barriers, generating additional increases to the Brazilian GDP.”

Countries under negotiation:

United States
  • GDP: US $ 21.06 trillion (first quarter of 2019)
  • Population: 329.2 million
  • Income per capita: US $ 59,800 (2017)
  • 1st world economy

Brazil intends to take advantage of the timeframe of the Trade Promotion Authority – a document that the US Congress grants the Executive to negotiate international agreements, valid until July 2021 – to accelerate negotiations with the United States, said Marcos Troyjo, in an interview with the BBC Brazil.

  • GDP: $ 4,873 trillion (2017)
  • Population: 126.1 million (July / 2018)
  • Income per capita: US $ 42,900 (2017)
  • 3rd world economy
South Korea
  • GDP: US $ 1.54 trillion (2017)
  • Population: 51.4 million (July / 2018)
  • Income per capita: US $ 39,500 (2017)
  • 11th world economy

Negotiations on an agreement between Mercosur and South Korea began in May 2018 and are in the initial phase. Two rounds of negotiations were held.

  • GDP: $ 1,653 trillion (2017)
  • Population: 35.8 million (July / 2018)
  • Income per capita: US $ 48,400 (2017)
  • 10th world economy

According to the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, negotiations for this agreement were announced on March 9, 2018, in Asuncion, Paraguay. The negotiations are advanced. Six negotiating rounds have already been held – the most recent in June this year.

  • GDP: US $ 323.9 billion (2017)
  • Population: 5.9 million (July / 2018)
  • Income per capita: US $ 94,100 (2017)
  • 35th world economy

A round of negotiations was held with the country and the expectation of completion is 2020, according to the ministry.

Efta – European Free Trade Association
  • Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein
  • The four countries together bring together 13.7 million people
  • GDP of the block: EUR 963.9 million

    A Joint Declaration between the blocs was signed on January 19, 2017, to complete the exploratory dialogues on free trade. As of June this year, nine negotiation rounds have been held and some chapters of the agreement have already been finalized.

The dialogue with Efta began in December 2000, when the Joint Mercosur-EFTA Committee emerged. The bloc already has a free trade agreement with Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Block Negotiations

  • Efta with Brazil
    Imports: EUR 1,906 million
    Exports: EUR 2,671 million
  • Efta with Mercosur
    Imports: 2,093 million euros
    Exports: 3,696 million euros
  • Efta Worldwide Businesses
    Imports: EUR 255,3 million
    Exports: 310.7 million euros


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Brazilian government announces a plan to accelerate the analysis of patent applications

The Ministry of Economy announced on Wednesday (July 3) measures to reduce the number of patent applications for analysis (backlog) by 80% by 2021 and reduce to approximately two years the BPTO’s average grant of patents term.

Economy Minister Paulo Guedes had participated in the launch of the Patents Backlog Combat Plan and said that the government is making important advances to stimulate the industry, increase the productivity and competitiveness of the Brazilian economy in the future. “We are in the knowledge economy, these intangible values such as patent law, trademark, property law are increasingly important,” he said.

According to the special secretary of Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economy, Carlos da Costa, today, the backlog reaches 160 thousand applications. “We have patents being assessed now that they were deposited 11 years ago. Imagine a technology today, in the digital age, where everything is very fast, and 11 years later the patent is no longer so relevant, “he said.

For Costa, with the agility in granting patents, Brazil should stimulate innovation and become more competitive and integrated globally. He explains that in addition to preserving the right of the investor, the patent guarantees the dissemination of new technologies and allows other researchers to develop other patents.

The main novelty will be the analysis of national or foreign patent applications, which have already been evaluated in another country (80% of those in the queue). As of this month, BPTO will incorporate to the examination of these requests the search of patents realized abroad. In the case of patents that have not yet been evaluated abroad, the search will be made by the BPTO examiner.

According to the secretary, it is not an automatic patent authorization, but the use of the analyzes made in other countries. “The patent review processes were too long and had a lot of rework – many of these patents had already been granted internationally and started from scratch here. Now, let’s start from certain patent bases already recognized or already registered, “explained Costa.

The Patents Backlog Combat Plan does not include applications that received third-party subsidies or those with priority examination requirements. The use of the priority examination modalities of patent applications in the BPTO already allows the granting of patents in reduced terms, in about eight months.

Priority examinations benefit groups such as the elderly, micro and small businesses, science and technology institutions, green technology developers and participants in the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) – a project between national/regional patent offices in which a country takes advantage of the exam the partner to perform their analysis.

Madrid Protocol

During the event, Minister Paulo Guedes spoke about Brazil’s accession to the Madrid Protocol, an international treaty that facilitates and reduces the cost of registering Brazilian companies’ brands in other countries. “This will greatly stimulate the Brazilian industry, reciprocal recognition of brands, increase the competitiveness of Brazilian products abroad,” he said, noting also the possibility of more investments for the country with the recognition of foreign brands in Brazil.

Guedes also highlighted the cooperation of the Legislature to move Brazil’s accession to the protocol, which had been standing for 16 years in the Chamber of Deputies. The adhesion to the protocol was approved in the Congress in May of this year and signed by the president Jair Bolsonaro last week. The agreement, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), was adopted on June 27, 1989, and has been in effect since 1996 in other nations.

According to the Ministry of Economy, the adhesion to the term was delivered today at WIPO. With this, the new system starts operating in October at BPTO. Brazilian companies will be able to simultaneously register their trademarks in 102 countries signatories of the agreement, presenting documentation only in Brazil, with the BPTO.


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A project that exempts hotels from the payment of copyright is on the agenda of the CCT

The project that exempts hotels, motels and inns from the payment of copyright for playing music in the rooms is on the agenda of the Commission on Science, Technology, Innovation, Communication and Information Technology (CCT), on Wednesday (3). Senator Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP) is the author of the proposal (PLS 60/2016).

The article has a favorable vote by the rapporteur, Senator Flávio Arns (Rede-PR), who presented a substitute to add to the text of the Copyright Law (Law 9.610, of 1998) the classification of lodging facilities included in the General Tourism Law (LGT – Law No. 11,771, of 2008).

The LGT determines that there are two types of ambiances in the hosting area: the individual frequency spaces (those for the exclusive use of the guest) and those of public frequency (those of general use, including guests and non-guests). For this reason, it is necessary to include one more hypothesis among cases where the reproduction of musical works, music-videos, phonograms and audiovisual works does not represent an offense against copyright.


In early June, David received a visit from the president’s residence. They defended the maintenance of the collection fee of the Central Office of Collection and Distribution (Ecad), contrary to what is also provided by another project with the same content, PL 1.829 / 2019, reported in the Commission on Constitution and Justice (CCJ) by Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), which has already requested the joint processing of the material.

At the opportunity, David asked Randolfe to open a dialogue between hotel businessmen and the art class to enable the vote on the matter.

Other items

On the agenda of the CCT, with 12 items, are still other projects and the deliberation on granting authorization to run community radio service in municipalities of Minas Gerais, Goiás, Ceará, and Sergipe.

The deliberative meeting begins shortly after the extraordinary meeting to consider the amendments to the proposed Budgetary Guidelines Law (PLN 5/2019), scheduled for 10:00 am, in room 19 of Senator Alexandre Costa.


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Mercosur and the European Union close the biggest agreement between blocks of the world

The countries of Mercosur and the European Union will form one of the largest free trade areas on the planet from the agreement announced on June 28 in Brussels. Together, the two blocs represent about 25% of the world economy and a market of 780 million people. When considering the number of countries involved and the territorial extent, the agreement only loses to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which involves 44 countries in Africa and was signed in March this year. Even so, the European Union and Mercosur made the biggest deal between economic blocs in history, which should boost trade between the two continents.

The free trade agreement will eliminate import tariffs for more than 90% of the products marketed between the two blocs. For products that will not have tariffs eliminated, preferential import quotas with reduced tariffs will be applied. The tariff elimination process varies according to each product and should take up to 15 years from the entry into force of the intercontinental partnership.

According to the National Confederation of Industry (CNI), the agreement reduces, for example, from 17% to zero tariffs on imports of Brazilian products like footwear and increases the competitiveness of industrial goods in sectors such as textiles, chemicals, auto parts, timber and aeronautical. A study by the Confederation shows that, of the 1,101 products that Brazil is able to export to the European Union, 68% face import tariffs. With the opening of the European market for highly competitive Brazilian agricultural products, more investments must be made in the domestic industry itself, as industry data show that agribusiness consumes R $ 300 million in industrialized goods in Brazil for every R $ 1 billion exported.

For the Mercosur countries, a block formed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay (and Venezuela, which is suspended), the agreement provides for a period of more than a decade of tariff reductions for products more sensitive to the competitiveness of European industry. In the European case, most of the import duty will be zero as soon as the treaty enters into force.

“This agreement gives new life to Mercosur, which had never negotiated with large countries, but only with small economy nations such as Egypt and Palestine,” said Ammar Abdelaziz, a consultant at BMJ Consultoria.

In the opinion of Ambassador José Botafogo Gonçalves, vice president of the Brazilian Center for International Relations (Cebri) and former Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Fernando Henrique Cardoso government, besides the commercial advantages of the agreement, there is a perspective of better regulatory coordination among countries of Mercosur. “This agreement increases the responsibility of the customs union, which is Mercosur, in the coordination of its macroeconomic policies, of greater convergence in trade policies. Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay have to realize that their destination is common,” he says.

Trade and investment

Estimates from the Ministry of Economy indicate that the agreement will represent an increase of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP, sum of all goods and services produced in the country) of US $ 87.5 billion over 15 years, and could reach up to US $ 125 billion if reduction of non-tariff barriers and the expected increase in productivity. The increase in investments in Brazil, in the same period, will be in the order of US $ 113 billion. With regard to bilateral trade, Brazilian exports to the European Union will present almost US $ 100 billion in earnings by 2035.

“With the expansion of the trade agenda, both imports and exports, you favor trade with whom you made an agreement, you create a trade with that part and divert trade with another part. I see it as an important geopolitical strategy, we are less dependent, for example, on the export of commodities to countries like China. If China blocks the market, you have no one to export. Now, this scenario is more favorable,” says economist Danielle Sandi, a professor in the Department of Administration at the University of Brasília (UnB).


Privileged access to the European market is considered to be one of the most complex negotiations to be made, and so the announcement of this agreement creates a positive environment for Mercosur to consolidate further negotiations.

“It is an agreement with one of the most difficult blocs in matters of sanitary or phytosanitary requirements, so I believe it will facilitate negotiations with other countries and blocs, such as those with Canada and the countries of northern Europe,” says Ammar Abdelaziz.

The agreement also legitimizes free trade and multilateralism, which have been under constant attack because of the trade war between China and the United States and the adoption of protectionist measures by various countries. “The agreement can show a breath on this issue of multilateralism. Trade is the main engine of this, but this may be possible in other areas of international relations too,” says Danielle Sandi.

For Ambassador José Botafogo Gonçalves, there is a crisis of multilateralism, so the free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur has a fundamental geopolitical weight at the moment. “When it comes to trade multilateralism, which is the goal of the World Trade Organization, we have to recognize that there is a crisis. The world is not ready and I do not know if it is going to go back to the moment before this crisis. occurs, you have to go to regionalism, then the agreement between Mercosur and EU fills a vacuum left by multilateralism” he says.


Even after 20 years of negotiations, there is still a long way to go before the agreement between Mercosur and the EU will actually take effect. This is because the treaty needs to be ratified and internalized by each of the member states of both economic blocs. In practice, it means that the agreement will have to be approved by the national parliaments and governments of the 31 countries involved, a process that will take years and may face resistance.

“There is a tendency for resistance in the parliaments of European countries, especially nationalist parties and also environmentalists,” says Ammar Abdelaziz of BMJ Consultoria. According to him, it is not possible to stipulate a deadline for the end of this ratification by the Europeans. In the Brazilian case, the agreement will now be analyzed by the ministries involved and then sent to the National Congress, where it will process by commissions and will have to approve both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. “On average, Brazil takes around three to four years to ratify international agreements, it will not be less than that.”

It is only in the medium term that the more concrete effects of the free trade agreement can be felt by the population in general, such as eventual fall in the price of imported products and, mainly, an increase of investments and growth of the economy. “The prospect of this agreement for ordinary citizens is that the expansion of trade is reflected in the expansion of GDP, and from the growth of the economy there will be more generation of jobs and income and increased revenue for the government,” explains Danielle Sandi of UnB.


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