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In light of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and in order to satisfy the needs of the sports industry in regard to requests concerning Design applications, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office – BPTO has determined through temporary Resolution No. 167/2016 to expedite the examination of Industrial Design applications related to sporting goods.

To meet the criteria for expediting the examinations, the applications for registration of the industrial designs must be in the nature of sporting goods and must have been requested prior to June 16, 2016. The requests to accelerate examination must be filed by petition no later than June 30, 2016.

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