After a long wait, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BRPTO) has now launched the electronic filing for industrial design applications. Available since April 22, 2015, the online system is expected to benefit applicants by expediting and simplifying the proceedings. This is the latest in a series of major steps taken by the BRPTO towards the creation of a digital environment, which already includes the electronic submission of patent and trademark applications. The e-Patent and e-Trademarks systems were both implemented a number of years ago, as part of the BRPTO’s efforts to expedite patent and trademark prosecution and to reduce its backlog. In addition to other services provided by the BRPTO, these systems allow the user to file applications electronically and have online access to prior art documents and technical opinions issued by examiners. Unlike patent and trademarks, industrial design applications are not subjected to a substantive examination in Brazil. For this reason, it is possible that the recently implemented measure of the BRPTO could significantly decrease the existing industrial design backlog. Currently, the BRPTO takes an average of one and a half year for granting protection to industrial designs. If the new system is successfully implemented, this delay could be reduced drastically. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at prevail@localhost/licks/site.