Oct 14, 2014

First Mailbox Appeal to be decided by the Federal Court of Appeals in Brazil

This is an update to our post of September 22, 2014 regarding ongoing litigation in Brazil regarding the invalidity of 222 mailbox patents (namely, patent applications filed between January 1, 1995 and May 14, 1997, under the terms of Article 70.8 of the TRIPS Agreement). According to the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI), these patents should have received a term of 20 years from their filing date. However, these patents mistakenly received a term of 10 years from the date of grant.
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