As mentioned in our client alert of December 29, 2020, the BRPTO published Ordinance #411/2020, which establishes the new version of the Examination Guidelines for Computer-Implemented Inventions (CII). This ordinance is in force as of January 1, 2021, and revokes the previous guidelines provided by Rule #158/2016.
The main difference between the new CII Guidelines (Ordinance #411/2020) and the former ones (Rule #158/2016) lies in their structure and organization. Compared to the previous set, the new guidelines are easier to read, the topics are better defined, and more examples are provided.
The following definitions are a central feature of the new guidelines:
Ordinance #411/2020 is available at the BRPTO's website, and its original version (in Portuguese) can be downloaded here.
For the English version of the new guidelines or more information on this matter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to assist you.