Intellectual Property - Chapter 16 - Doing Business in Brazil
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A. INTERNATIONAL TREATIES
16.101 Brazil is a member state of the convention signed in Stockholm on
July 14, 1967 under which the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO) was set up.1
1 The convention entered into force in Brazil on Mar. 20, 1975, but was not ratified
until Mar. 31, 1975 (by Decree No. 75541).
16.102 Apart from its administrative bodies, the World Intellectual
Property Organization embraces the following:
a) the Paris Convention (for the protection of industrial property);1
(b) the Berne Convention (for the protection of literary and artistic
(c) the Unions created by the international conventions and private
unions for the purpose of protecting intellectual property.
1 Brazil became a signatory to the Paris Convention on Dec. 31, 1929 (by Decree No.
19056). Brazil signed and promulgated on Aug. 21, 1992 (by Decree No. 635) the last
revision of this convention (Stockholm on July 14, 1967). Decree No. 1263 of Oct. 10,
1994 ratifies the entire Stockholm Revision of the Paris Convention, which provides for
protection of industrial property rights.
2 The Berne Convention was last revised in Paris on July 24, 1971. The revision was
ratified and promulgated in Brazil on May 6, 1975 (by Decree No. 75699).
16.103 Brazil has also signed the Strasbourg Agreement on the International
Classification of Patents,1 which sought to harmonize the classification of
patents to give the developing countries easier access to modern technology,
and the Universal Convention on Copyrights, revised in Paris on July 24,
1971, for the protection of literary, artistic and scientific works.2
1 The Strasbourg Agreement came into force in Brazil on Oct. 7, 1975, and was ratified
by Decree No. 76472, of Oct. 17, 1975.
2 The Brazilian instrument of ratification of the Universal Convention on Copyrights,
revised in Paris on July 24, 1971, was presented to the Director General of UNESCO on
Sept. 11, 1975, and came into force in Brazil on Dec. 11, 1975. The convention was
promulgated in Brazil on Dec. 24, 1975, by Decree No. 76905.
Pinheiro Neto - Advogados, established in 1942, is Brazil's leading commercial law firm with offices in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. The founding Editor of this publication, the late J.M. Pinheiro Neto, was the Legal Advisor to the British Chamber of Commerce in Brazil.
J.M. Pinheiro Neto, K.B.E. Law degree, University of São Paulo, class of 1938; State
Attorney for taxes, 1945-1955; worked for the BBC during 1940-41 in England;
awarded the Medal for Services to the Cause of Freedom in 1945; President of the
Anglo-Brazilian Cultural Society, São Paulo, since 1965; Member of the Council of the
British Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo and of the American Chamber of
Commerce, for many years; Director of numerous Brazilian companies; Senior
partner of the firm.
Aleksas Juocys. Law degree, University of São Paulo, class of 1958; Specialized in
tax matters, and head of the tax section of the firm.
Hélio Nicoletti. Law degree, Catholic University, São Paulo, class of 1963,
Postgraduate course in business administration, Fundação Getulio Vargas, São
Paulo, 1967; Head of one of the mergers and acquisitions groups, corporate work,
of the firm.
Antonio Mendes. Law degree, University of Franca, São Paulo class of 1964; Master
of Comparative Law, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.; Head of the
banking and finance group of the firm.
Celso Cintra Mori. Law degree, University of São Paulo, class of 1968; Head of the
litigation group of the firm.
José Roberto Pisani. Law degree, University of São Paulo, class of 1972; postgraduate
courses in tax law, Catholic University, São Paulo. Head of one of the tax groups of the
Antonio J. Peres Picolomini. Law degree, Catholic University, Campinas, class of
1968; Head of the labor and labor litigation group of the firm.
Noemia C.M. de Oliveira Novaes. Law degree, University of São Paulo, class of
1971; Specialization in International Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Partner
with Pinheiro Neto-Advogados; Experience in the computer science, technology
transfer, and trademark and patent areas.