Finally entered into force on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, the Madrid Protocol, which as discussed earlier, comes to facilitate trademark registrations in Brazil and currently encompasses more than 120 countries.

According to the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO), approximately 15% of the Brazilian applications are filed by foreign companies, which can now do a more simplified procedure.

"We have made a number of adjustments in the BPTO to adhere to the treaty. The average processing time for trademark applications has gone from two and a half years for trouble-free applications to six to eight months, for example”, said Mr. André Balloussier, the BPTO’s Trademark Director.

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Following the developments regarding the entrance of Brazil in the Madrid protocol, new resolutions have been issued by the Brazilian INPI

The Trademark Office (“BPTO”) published in the Brazilian Official Gazette No. 2540 of September 10, 2019 two new resolutions on the prosecution of trademark applications in Brazil related to the Madrid Protocol.

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In H&A, we take the online protection and defense of our client’s trademarks very seriously. Not in vain, we have about 20 years of experience registering and managing domain names for them.

Hence, and following the recommendations of the EUIPO and EURID, pointed out here https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/news/-/action/view/5140548, as from September 1, 2019, for each new EU trademark application, we offer our clients – for free! – the registration of the domain .EU corresponding to the trademark’s word (if available and possible), without costs during the first year of protection.

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Following the trend of many National Offices, the Uruguayan Patent Office has established a pilot program regarding the acceleration of examination procedures (PAR – Procedimiento de aprovechamiento de Resultados ) . - Resolution 6/2019 of DNPI

This procedure will take advantage of international searches and examinations issued by other national offices always if the application meets the following requirements:

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