PPH reaches in Brazil the annual limit of 400 applications 

Due to the success of the Plan to Combat the Backlog and the project to standardize the modalities of priority processing, the BRPTO and DIRPA decided to bring PPH phase II forward to 01/01/21.

The BRPTO informs that phase I of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot project has reached the limit of 400 requests per year in 2019, as stipulated by the Resolution BRPTO / PR nº 252/19.
Due to the success of the Plan to Combat the Backlog and the project to standardize the modalities of priority processing, the BRPTO and DIRPA decided to bring PPH phase II forward to 01/01/21. The main differences proposed are described in the table below:

PHASE IPHASE II
400 total of requests per year600 total of requests per year
100 requests per IPC section per year150 requests per IPC section per year
1 application per appicant per month1 application per applicant per week
OFF = OEE (the patent family must be completed in the present examination institute)Any partner OFF (the patent family must have started at any partner institute)
Standard fee refund and for requirements that exceed the stipulated limitsStandard fee refund and for requirements that exceed the stipulated limits
Possibility of appeal in specific casesImpossibility of appeal in case of non-admission
Start phase 2 on 12/1/22Start phase 2 on 01/01/21 (advance 1 year)

Source: Inpi.gov

The requirements related to scope of protection of the patent applications remain the same, that is, the subject matter claimed into the PPH request should be equal to or more restricted than that allowed/granted by the respective foreign PTO, being prohibited the inclusion of a subject matter for which the foreign PTO has not made search and/or technical examination, even if it represents a restriction of the subject matter claimed.

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