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PPH pilot program between the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the National Institute of Industrial property of Brazil (INPI)

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the National Office of National Institute of Industrial property of Brazil (INPI) has commenced the PPH pilot program on 1 April 2017.

(1) Technical fields of applications eligible for PPH requests

The INPI accepted PPH requests for applications in the fields of IT technologies and mechanical engineering such as automobile-related technologies. As from April 1, 2019, the technical fields of applications eligible for PPH requests is expanded to the following technical fields. The JPO will accept PPH requests for applications in all technical fields:

Newly-included technical fields as from April 1, 2019
  Technical Field IPC Codes
1 Macromolecular chemistry, polymers C08B, C08C, C08F, C08G, C08H, C08K, C08L
2 Metallurgy and materials B21#, B22C, B22D, B22F, C01B, C01C, C01D, C01F, C01G, C03C, C04B, C21B, C21C, C21D, C22B, C22C, C22F
3 Agrochemicals A01N, A01P, C07D, C07G, C07H, C07J
4 Microorganisms or enzymes C12N
5 Miscellaneous B60#, B62#, C08J, G05#

The symbol “#” denotes all sub categories within an indicated classification.

(Reference) Technical fields currently eligible for PPH requests in INPI
  Technical Field IPC Codes
1 Machinery and electrical appliances, energy F21#, H01B, H01C, H01F, H01G, H01H, H01J, H01K, H01M, H01R, H01T, H02#, H05B, H05C, H05F, H99Z
2 Audiovisual technology G09F, G09G, G11B, H04N3, H04N5, H04N9, H04N13, H04N15, H04N17, H04R, H04S, H05K
3 Telecommunications G08C, H01P, H01Q, H04B, H04H, H04J, H04K, H04M, H04N1, H04N7, H04N11, H04Q
4 Digital communication H04L
5 Basic communication processes H03#
6 Computer technology (G06# not G06Q), G11C, G10L
7 Methods of information technology for management G06Q
8 Semiconductors H01L
9 Miscellaneous B60K, B60L, B60W, B62D, B62J, F02D, G02B, G02F, G03G, G08G, H01S, H04N19, H04N21, H04W, H05H

The symbol “#” denotes all sub categories within an indicated classification.

(2) Number of PPH requests per applicant

As from April 1, 2019, the ceiling set by the INPI will be changed to one request per applicant per month (In the previous program, the ceiling was six per applicant per four months). No ceiling will be imposed in the last one month of the program (March 2021). The JPO will not set the ceiling per applicant.

How to make a request

Guidelines (Requirements and procedure in detail) and Request form

Link

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Press Release

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[Last updated 4 April 2019]

Contact

Examination Policy Planning Office

Administrative Affairs Division

Patent and Design Examination Department

Japan Patent Office

Tel: +81-3-3581-1101 (ex. 3103)

E-mail: PA2260@jpo.go.jp