What is the “grace period” in Brazil?

Brazilian Law allows that the disclosure of an invention does not affect to the novelty of the Patent or the Design if the owner applies for registration of the IPR within in a given period of time from the disclosure: one year for Patents and 6 months for designs.

To enjoy the grace period, the disclosure must be made by the inventor; by the Brazilian National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI); or by third parties that obtained the information directly or indirectly from the inventor, otherwise the grace period will not be applicable.