is a Partner with Daniel Legal & IP Strategy in their complex litigation department, and is licensed to practice in Brazil and in the State of New York. Ricardo has been working for more than a decade with high-stakes litigation, with particular emphasis on complex patent and regulatory disputes, and has experience with different technological fields, including chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech, as well as telecom, software, electronics, oil & gas and mechanical.
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The Brazilian PTO has officially introduced its longed-for strategy to solve the enduring patent backlog problem in Brazil. The plan is to reduce the patent backlog by at least 80% in the course of the next two years with the use of “standardized office actions” – that is, machine-made technical opinions that will simply point out prior art documents to be addressed by the applicant. Once the backlog is finally dealt with — likely by 2021— the PTO estimates it will to be able to examine future patent applications within twenty-four (24) months. If the goals of the program are achieved, the Brazilian PTO will be finally able to stand on equal footing with its foreign counterparts in the developed world with regard to the average patent examination time.
The Brazilian Government is considering the adoption of an emergency measure to eliminate the Patent Office chronic backlog problem by automatically granting, without examination, 230,000 pending applications until 2020. The emergency measure has been labelled by the Government as an “extraordinary solution” and a draft of the plan was introduced for public discussion. Companies may soon need to deploy a strategy within a time-frame as short as 90 days to take full advantage of the new system while minimizing potential risks… For the past 15 years, Brazil has been enduring one of the world’s most severe patent backlogs. The problem has grown considerably after the enactment of the 1996 Patent Statute, which was adopted to make the country TRIPS compliant.