Newsletter Special Edition - 40th ABPI Congress - Day 1
The BPTO as a world reference
Reducing the stock of patent applications pending examination by 80% by the end of 2021, transforming the BPTO into a world reference, promoting digital access to all services, and increasing the technical training of professionals are some of the goals of the BPTO – Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office for the next three years. The goals were presented by Claudio Furtado, president of the BPTO, at the first plenary session of ABPI’s 40th Congress. “Intellectual property is the pillar of economic development”, he stated.
The plenary was attended by the directors of Patents, Liane Lage, of Management, Júlio César Castelo Branco, and of Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications, André Balloussier, in addition to Jackline Conca, general coordinator of Economy 4.0 and Industrial Property of the Ministry of Economy. The plenary was mediated by ABPI’s first and second vice-presidents, Gabriel Leonardos and Peter Eduardo Siemsen, respectively.
According to Furtado, the BPTO’s strategic plan is supported by 300 actions distributed in groups within the institute. He explained that the BPTO’s “Action Plan 2020”, which is in execution, was formulated shortly before the pandemic and its main mission was not only to perform technically serious and legally safe work in the production of technical exams but also to increase the volume of patent application filings.
In this regard, the goal was to grow 20% in 2020, reaching 34 thousand patent application filings and 255 thousand trademarks, an expectation that had to be revised due to the pandemic. “We faced a reduction in filings, but in June we had filings in the range of 30 thousand orders for trademarks that, annually, would reach 360 thousand. For this reason, I believe that we must have aspirational goals and faith that it happens”, he concluded.