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Okt 08, 2009 (Newsletter Issue 3/09)
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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 adjustments' aim is to raise funds for its ongoing restructuring and the training of trademark examiners.
The adjustments correspond to a 17 percent overall increase for trademarks. 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: Several fees for online services are now, on average, 25 percent cheaper compared to fees for paper filings for the same services. 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.