The new Portuguese Industrial Property Code came into force on 1 July 2019. Simultaneously the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance adopted new official fees which are applicable on the same date, according to the Portaria No. 201-A/2019 published on 1 July 2019.
All official fees have been adjusted in accordance with the inflation rate (consumer price index excluding housing – 0,95%). Moreover there are changes which result from the amendments brought by the new IP Code, for example the fees concerning the new invalidation proceedings concerning trademarks or industrial designs.
Furthermore, on 4 July 2019 the Portuguese INPI published its Decision no. 6142/2019 concerning the “Formal requirements and rules for applications and documents that regard the granting of industrial property rights”. This document contemplates implementing rules and technical requirements for applications of patents, utility models, designs, trademarks, etc. including the requirements for representation for the several types of trademarks foreseen (e.g. colour marks per se, sound marks, multimedia marks, movement marks and hologram marks).