In 2019 INPI Brazil faced a backlog of nearly 150,000 applications that averaged more than 10 years, significantly delaying innovation in Latin America’s largest economy. That year, the office adopted measures to reduce the total backlog by 80% over the next two years.
As part of INPI Brazil’s initiative, CAS developed an AI-enabled workflow solution that cut patent application examination times by up to 50% and reduced the office’s chemistry application backlog, which made up 15% of the total backlog. The project involved using artificial intelligence to improve the speed of prior art searches and the relevancy of their results. The solution significantly reduced examiner search times for 77% of national applications processed, with 29% requiring little or no additional search.