From December 19, 2016, users of national patent applications that have a favorable resolution in Colombia can expedite the processing times of their patent or utility models applications in Brazil, reducing the associated costs. The latter, because Brazil obtained favorable authorization to implement the regional Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) of PROSUR.
This Program accelerates the Office's examination procedures and reduces associated costs, avoiding duplicate administrative actions, searches and parallel patent examinations in each country.
The Accelerated Patent Procedure Pilot (PPH) program will be tested by a period of three years, and may be extended to one year more, after which the results and demands will be evaluated to determine its final implementation.
Currently, Ecuador is pending to receive authorization to join the Program.