Patent applications related to COVID-19 are eligible for accelerated examination at the Brazilian PTO

In complement of Rule # 239 of June 4, 2019, which governs the priority examination request program, the Brazilian PTO published today (April 7, 2020) Ordinance # 149 of April 3, 2020 establishing fast-track examination for patent applications related to pharmaceutical products and processes, as well as equipment and/or materials for use in health for the diagnosis, prophylaxis and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The time limit to apply for the COVID-19 priority examination is June 30, 2021.

Besides the possibility of fast-tracking applications related to COVID-19, the Brazilian PTO offers different alternatives for accelerating the processing of patent applications in the health area, including those referring to cancer, AIDS, rare or neglected diseases.

Should you need further information on how to get your patent application granted more quickly, please contact us.

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