ETCO supports the launch of the Parliamentary Front for the Defense of Intellectual Property

Defense of Intellectual PropertyThe Mixed Parliamentary Front in Defense of Intellectual Property and Combating Piracy will be installed in the Chamber of Deputies on March 8. Congressman Fernando Francischini (SD-PR) will be the front president and will open the launch event. Vice-presidents Sandro Alex (PSD-PR) and Eros Biondini (PROS-MG), the presidents of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), Maria Carmen de Souza Brito; Edson Vismona, from the Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition (ETCO), and the director general of the Motion Picture Association - Latin America, Ricardo Castanheira, will also speak at the event.

In all, 37 sector entities support the initiative. During the installation of the front, the sectorial entities will launch a new digital platform to foster innovation - CriAtivaRede. With a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the network has the mission of spreading the importance of intellectual property to the general public, addressing issues that involve the entire creative industry in the country. In its beta version, CriAtivaRede has already reached 25 thousand followers.

The front will start work with a defined legislative agenda, which contains a list of the first 12 projects to be closely monitored by the group.

FPM legislative agenda

From the audiovisual sector, they support the front:

ABRAPLEX - Brazilian Association of Cinematographic Exhibiting Companies Multiplex Operators

ABTA - Brazilian Pay-TV Association

ALIANZA - Alianza against Piratería de Televisión Paga

APRO - Brazilian Association for the Production of Audiovisual Works

BRAVI - Brasil Independent Audiovisual

DBCA - Brazilian Cinema and Audiovisual Directors

MPA - Motion Picture Association - Latin America

SICAV - Union of the Audiovisual Industry

TAP - Television Association of Programmers

UBV & G - Brazilian Video and Games Union

The creation of the parliamentary front has the support of other entities, associations and companies:

ABAPI - Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents

ABDR - Brazilian Association of Reprographic Law

ABES - Brazilian Association of Software Companies

ABIFUMO - Brazilian Tobacco Industry Association

ABIHPEC - Brazilian Association of the Personal Hygiene, Perfumery and Cosmetics Industry

ABIT - Brazilian Association of the Textile and Clothing Industry

ABIVIDRO - Brazilian Technical Association of Automatic Glass Industries

ABPD - Brazilian Association of Record Producers

ABPI - Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property

ABRAL - Brazilian Licensing Association

AgroBio - Association of Biotechnology Companies in Agriculture and Agribusiness

ÁPICE - Association for Sports Industry and Trade


BPG - Brand Protection Group

BRASSCOM - Brazilian Association of Information and Communication Technology Companies

CBL - Brazilian Book Chamber

CNF - National Confederation of Financial Institutions

CNI - National Confederation of Industry

ETCO - Brazilian Institute of Competitive Ethics

FNCP - National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality

GS1 Brasil - Brazilian Automation Association

Brazil Legal Institute

Intellectual Capital Institute

Open Word Institute


UBC - Brazilian Union of Composers

UBEM - Brazilian Union of Music Publishers

Congress creates front to fight piracy

Pedro França / Senate Agency
Pedro França / Senate Agency

A group of federal deputies and senators instituted in the National Congress, at the end of May, the Mixed Parliamentary Front in Defense of Intellectual Property and Combating Piracy. The initiative has the support of several civil society entities, such as the ETCO-Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition, the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) and the Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property (ABPI). The Front brings together 206 deputies and 33 senators and is chaired by deputy Nelson Marchezan (PSDB-RS). "Many representatives of the private sector have been moving around this issue and we think it was time to take these discussions to Congress," said Marchezan.

The objective, according to the document signed by the parliamentarians, is "to debate and contribute with concrete solutions for the development and growth of the country, attacking subjective factors of the Brazilian cost, such as the lack of innovation and the legal insecurity that prevents investments" .

In the view of Front members, the difficulties that Brazilian businesspeople face in researching and developing new products are one of the causes of the high levels of counterfeiting and piracy in the country. They promise to stimulate mechanisms that facilitate innovation.

The work of the Front will also involve demanding greater involvement of the Executive Branch and civil society entities in initiatives that do not depend on a legal apparatus, such as campaigns to raise people's awareness of the various problems related to piracy. “Our great goal is that all Brazilians can understand the importance of intellectual property”, says Marchezan.


11 years to approve patent

Among the functions of the Executive that should be charged more by members of Congress are the exemption of amounts sent by Brazilian companies abroad to register patents in other countries and an improvement in the structure of the National Institute of Industrial Property (Inpi), so that requests of patent registration in the country gain agility. Today, the intellectual property registration takes, on average, 11 years to be approved. In countries like the United States and South Korea, it is possible to achieve this registration in less than half the time.

The greater movement of parliamentarians on the subject is already beginning to show results. In early June, the Senate passed a bill amending the rules to combat copyright infringement. The text is an initiative of the National Council to Combat Piracy and Crimes against Intellectual Property (CNCP), linked to the Ministry of Justice, and aims to give more power to the judge responsible for the process, facilitating the seizure and destruction of counterfeit goods. Before being sanctioned by the Presidency of the Republic, the bill must be voted on again in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.






How to protect company data

Online seminar, promoted by the global NGO, shows what a company can do to prevent intellectual property theft.

In this webinar recorded on 16/04/2015, experts Pamela Passman and Allen Dixon of show how to identify risks to confidential information; how a company is more vulnerable to breaches of digital data and files; how the IT system can protect the IP; and how to integrate IP protection into business operations.

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How to protect company data

CREATE LOGODid you know that whoever appropriates a company's confidential information is the internal public? According to the most recent Global Survey on Information Security, conducted by PwC, only 54% of companies have programs to identify data vulnerability and 56% survey data collection, transmission and storage.

In addition, 71% do not even detect the vulnerability of the data and, on the other hand, grew 92%, compared to 2013, the number of companies that registered losses of US $ 20 million or more due to security breach.

The growing wave of information security breaches and internal threats poses a major risk to the heart of a company: intellectual property. Trade secrets can be passed on to competitors via simple e-mail and cyber attacks can reach corporate networks and allow strangers to access confidential data.

What can a company do to protect itself? experts Pamela Passman and Allen Dixon will discuss this for an hour at a webinar or webinar. They will show you how to identify risks to confidential information; how a company is more vulnerable to breaches of digital data and files; how the IT system can protect the IP; and how to integrate IP protection into business operations.


Data: April 16, 2015 - 11 am to noon (Brasília time)

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