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Guilherme Coutinho

has more than four years of experience in patent prosecution in the Chemical and Life Sciences area. He graduated in Industrial Chemistry from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), where he specialized in Processing, Management and Environment in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector and concluded a Master’s Degree in Technology of Chemical and Biochemical Processes.

Recent Articles by Guilherme Coutinho

Brazil’s Patent System: Latest Statistics on Efforts to Reduce the Backlog and the Road Ahead

Almost two years ago, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) launched a plan to reduce the backlog in examination of patent applications, which has had positive results. As part of this important initiative, at the beginning of 2021, the BPTO published its action plan for the year indicating its intentions to increase the efficiency of services offered by the institution via new performance goals. The plan to combat the backlog has already resulted in a reduction of more than 60% of patent applications pending for decision. This has had a positive effect on the credibility of the Brazilian patent system domestically, but also has contributed to the improvement of the national and international attractiveness of the sector, which will possibly provide a greater incentive to protect patents in Brazil.