[in theory this looks like solid evidence that Brazil has made the transition from a destination for other nations' technology to a genuine exporter of its own creativity -- but remember: if I have 11 cows and then acquire a twelfth, my herd has grown by 9%, whereas if I have 100 cows and acquire another 5, my herd has grown a meagre 5%. Thus 8.9% of an initially small number looks more impressive than it really is].
"This agreement sets a new milestone in relations between the EPO and Brazil, paving the way for a strategic relationship aimed at fostering the protection of intellectual property in the two regions", EPO President Benoît Battistelli said. "European companies are among the most active users of the patent system in Brazil, filing 38% of all patent applications there. Against this background, improved co-operation between our two offices and, above all, the machine translation of documents from Portuguese into English and vice versa will be instrumental in breaking down language barriers and disclosing a wealth of technical information that inventors, scientists and engineers in both regions can freely use [this is probably the biggest long-term gain that this cooperation will generate, not just in information-sharing but in terms of having a better appreciation of prior art when drafting or challenging patents]. Complex challenges such as climate change and access to clean water and food cannot be mastered without innovation. Patent protection plays a key role in this."
The partnership will focus on sharing best practices in the patent grant procedure, capacity-building, patent information and IT solutions, including e-Patentes, which is built on EPO technology.
"Enhanced co-operation with the EPO will encourage the strategic use of the patent system in Brazil, leading to an increase in Brazilian patents in Europe and the emergence of new partnerships between European and Brazilian companies, which in turn will lead to further innovation", INPI President Jorge Avila said".