BRAZIL: New Official Fees Bring Important Adjustments
The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has made relevant alterations in its official fees, including for trademarks, effective June 1, 2009.
The new fees have been calculated bearing in mind the overall fees charged by similar entities worldwide and the relative complexity of each service, including the costs incurred in its execution. The adjustments correspond to a 17 percent overall increase for trademarks, which may be considered reasonable, bearing in mind that this is even lower than the rate of inflation experienced in Brazil since the INPI’s last fee increase, which was in 2003.
The new schedule of fees clearly stimulates interest in the electronic filing system, as several fees for online services are now, on average, 25 percent cheaper compared to fees for paper filings for the same services. There are also reductions in fees in relation to services that are less often used by applicants, such as design registrations. Finally, the new fee schedule increases the discount on all official fees charged to small companies, individuals, nonprofit and public entities, to 60 percent from 50 percent.
These adjustments are expected to finance the enhancement of the INPI’s work in intellectual property and enable INPI to implement its reorganization plan, resulting in greater protection for IP rights in Brazil.