The proposal of the Brazilian patent office for the backlog solution: an unconstitutional proposition

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Sílvio Sobral Garcez Júnior
Rodrigo Nogueira Albert Loureiro
Bruno Ramos Eloy
Gabriel Francisco da Silva
João Antonio Belmino dos Santos
Francisco Valdivino Rocha Lima


It is notorious that there is an efficiency crisis in the Brazilian patent system, unable to meet society's demand for a faster patent examination. The INPI takes about 11 years to concede a patent. There are 231.184 pending patent applications, and in June of 2017 it promoted a public consultation proposing an infra-legal norm that allows the granting of patents without substantive examination in the country, the so-called simplified procedure of granting of patent applications. Currently, the Brazilian government recognizes that it does not have the structure to make the substantive examination of all pending patent applications. This article aims to analyze not only the legality but the very constitutionality of the proposal under examination. After analyzing the Constitution of the Federative Republic of Brazil and also the national legislation, it was concluded that it is not possible to grant patents without substantive examination in Brazil. In search of solution for INPI backlog, it should be based on the social interest and the technological development of the country, and this is not the case of the proposal commented in this paper.


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Garcez Júnior, S. S., Loureiro, R. N. A., Eloy, B. R., Silva, G. F. da, Santos, J. A. B. dos, & Lima, F. V. R. (2019). The proposal of the Brazilian patent office for the backlog solution: an unconstitutional proposition. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 7(7), 64-77.


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