On the 4th of January, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) reported on the further improvement of the Brazil-Japan Patent Prosecution Highway.
What started as a trial between the Japanese and Brazilian patent offices in 2017 has since become a more developed patent prosecution highway that has significantly helped Japanese companies speed up the process of acquiring patent rights in Brazil.
However, there was a limit to the number of applications that could be filed through this highway.
As of the 1st of January 2021, each applicant can now file 1 application per week through this system, instead of the previous maximum of 1 application per month.
Also, there is an upper limit for the total amount of applications (from both Japan and elsewhere) that can be filed through a patent prosecution highway in Brazil each year. This maximum number will now be increased from 400 to 600 applications per year.
Because of these changes, Japanese companies will be able to obtain the necessary IP rights in Brazil to do business more swiftly