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Brazil’s PTO may soon release emergency measure to reset patent backlog

Michael Loney, New York

The BPTO may publish a rule next week that would fast-track the process of granting patents whose applications are pending in Brazil. The emergency procedure would grant 230,000 pending applications unless patent owners opt out

Brazil’s Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) is contemplating tackling its dire backlog problem by implementing an emergency measure – granting 230,000 pending applications automatically.  

The backlog has been accumulating for more than 20 years. The BPTO recently proposed...

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