The Brazilian PTO institutes a pre-examination report pilot program

Posted on: 19/1/2018

Brazilian PTO institutes a pre-examination report pilot program

According to the notice published in the Official Gazette of January 16, 2018 regarding the Brazilian PTO’s pre-examination report pilot program, the applicants will be able to voluntarily submit new pages of the applications in order to remedy irregularities already pointed out by other Patent Offices.

The Brazilian PTO will issue pre-examination reports in a total of 40 patent applications per technical division.

Those pre-examination reports will be part of pre-examination office actions, which will request the presentation of arguments on the objections, prior art searches and results of examination for the grant of corresponding applications in other countries, as well as the adaptation of the Brazilian applications to the cited prior art documents and to the Brazilian regulations in force. Failure to submit a response within a 60-day term counted from the publication date of said office actions in the Official Gazette will result in the applications being filed away.

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