On April 11, the EPO issued a press release describing their recent meeting with the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil. In the meeting, both offices signed “a bilateral agreement aimed at enhancing co-operation between the two offices…[it] will facilitate the filing of patent applications by Brazilian companies in Europe and by European companies in Brazil.”
Considering how much Europeans contribute to the Brazilian patent industry, and vice versa, this cooperation between the two organizations is sure to allow for better use of the patent system by everyone involved.
Recent EPO Collaborations
This collaboration with the INPI is not the only recent step towards international cooperation by the EPO. Last week, the EPO also met with the WIPO to discuss strengthening their relationship across multiple fields of interest. The two organizations hope to provide a better structure for sustainable innovation around the world. All of the EPO’s recent activity suggests that they don’t just have European progress on their mind, but are also targeting global progress.
Read the EPO’s press release on their progress with Logica towards a new global patent managing system.
Brazilian and Global Economy
Article One previously discussed Brazil’s rapidly growing economy, emphasizing the significant influence that foreign companies and parties had on the growth trend. This agreement between the INPI and EPO will strengthen the ability for foreign entities to file for patents in Brazil, which means even more Brazilian IP growth. Industrial design is Brazil’s major strength when it comes to patent filings and “the improved co-operation between [the] two offices…will be instrumental in breaking down language barriers and disclosing a wealth of technical information that inventors, scientists and engineers in both regions can freely use.”
Efforts are being made all around the world to improve global economy and provide better sustainable innovation and international IP protection. Will the EPO continue to reach out to other major foreign contributors in the IP industry in efforts to strengthen the global IP economy? We’ll have to wait and see, but so far it seems as if they are moving in that direction.