The growth of the Brazilian market and economy is paralleled by the increase in counterfeiting activities. The enforcement of IP rights involves planning, technology, intelligence, training and coordination, with support from a number of laws and treaties, as well as the relevant rules of the Federal Constitution, the Civil Code, the Criminal Code, the Civil Procedure Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and administrative statutory instruments.
The legal framework for anti-counterfeiting includes:
• the Industrial Property Law (9,279/96);
• the Copyright Law (9,610/98); and
• the Software Law (9,609/98).
In addition, Brazil is a signatory to the main international IP instruments, such as:
• the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (as reviewed in Stockholm in 1967);
• the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of IP Rights (TRIPs);
• the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works;
• the Washington Copyright Convention;
• the Universal Copyright Convention;
• the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations; and
• the Geneva Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms against Unauthorised Duplication of their Phonograms.
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