The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a bilateral agreement aimed at enhancing co-operation between the two offices, with a view to support innovation through the improved use of the patent system. Amongst other activities, the INPI and EPO will, under this agreement, exchange patent documents in Portuguese and English to create bilingual text corpora for use in the free Patent Translate service on the EPO's website. This will facilitate the filing of patent applications by Brazilian companies in Europe and by European companies in Brazil.
The partnership will focus on sharing best practices on patent grant procedures, on capacity-building, patent information and IT solutions, including e-Patentes, which is built on EPO technology.
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