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INPI and CAS sign Technical Cooperation Agreement to tackle Brazil’s patent application backlog -

The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil and CAS, a division of the not-for-profit American Chemical Society that specialises in scientific information solutions, have signed a formal Technical Cooperation Agreement. This agreement is the culmination of more than 18 months of work and collaboration between the organisations to test and optimise the application of CAS technology to expedite patent examination. The initiative reinforces INPI's strategy for increasing efficiency and reducing patent examination time through the use of technology helping to overcome the rapid growth of patent application volume and complexity seen in Brazil, and globally, in recent years.

The CAS technology approach combines similarity scoring, workflow classification and knowledge-space exploration capabilities to uncover a reliable set of prior art, or previously published information relevant to the subject innovation, which expedites patent examiners’ work.

The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) is the official government body responsible for Industrial Property rights in Brazil being a federal autarchy of the Ministry of Economy. INPI’s duties include: Trademarks registration, Patent grants, Technology Transfer and Franchising Contracts registration, Industrial Designs registration, Geographical Indications registration, Software registration and Topography of Integrated Circuits registration.

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