Parliamentary Front will defend intellectual property in the National Congress

By ETCO
22/05/2015

LOGOThe Mixed Parliamentary Front in Defense of Intellectual Property and Combating Piracy will be installed in the Chamber of Deputies this Tuesday, May 27, at 8:30 am. With the objective of strengthening innovation in the Brazilian economy - and making it more competitive globally -, the Front will bring into the National Congress a strong agenda for promoting innovation, protecting intellectual property and combating piracy.

Front creator, Federal deputy Nelson Marchezan Júnior (PSDB-RS) will assume the presidency, will open the launch event. The president of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association, Elisabeth Fekete, and the president of the National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality (FNCP), Edson Vismona, will also speak.

“Brazil loses 92 thousand jobs due to piracy and disrespect for intellectual property, which discourages innovation and competitiveness. The loss for the industry reaches R $ 4 billion annually, not to mention the tax loss of almost R $ 1 billion annually. But we also have cases of international success, based on encouraging innovative processes and strong brands, such as Vale dos Vinhedos, in Bento Gonçalves (RS). The front wants to stimulate debates and solutions within the National Congress to multiply these successful cases ”, defends the President of the Front, deputy Marchezan Júnior.

ABPI President Elisabeth Fekete celebrates the installation of the front. “Protection of intellectual property is the only way to reward Brazilian innovation and encourage it. Without protection of intellectual property, Brazil innovates less, grows less, produces less. Taking this flag in an organized way to parliament is essential to have a more innovative and competitive country. ”

“In 2012 alone, Brazilians bought R $ 23,8 billion in pirated products. There are sectors where the illegal market is bigger than the legal one. The creation of a parliamentary front will give even greater impetus to our fight to combat this criminal practice that permeates almost all sectors of the Brazilian economy ”, defends Edson Vismona, president of the FNCP.

One of the first works of the front will be to list all the bills on the subject under analysis by both Houses, with the aim of mapping, guiding and providing guidelines to the legislative agenda.