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12.20.13
Brazilian National Council created The National Directory to Combat Trademark Counterfeiting

The Brazilian National Council to Combat Piracy recently created The National Directory to Combat Trademark Counterfeiting.

The Directory aims to (i) facilitate the interaction between public authorities responsible for enforcing anti-piracy laws and the owners of trademarks registered with the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) and (ii) assist the authorities in conducting procedures under their responsibility.

Enforcement agents will have exclusive access to the Directory's data base. The information contained therein may be used, for example, to compare original products and counterfeit products, to use as evidence in investigation procedures, to use in the preparation of expert appraisals and reports etc.

In turn, trademark owners will have the opportunity to include information about their trademarks in the system which provides information that may assist authorities in the fight against counterfeiting. Experts in the field are recommending that trademark owners obtain information about the mechanism for registering data in the Directory, taking advantage of this opportunity to better protect their trademarks.

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