Trade and Investment
Intellectual Property Rights
The United States Mission in Brazil is working to guarantee protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) through promoting enforcement, adoption of policies which encourage innovation, and public awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights. We work closely with law enforcement authorities, the Brazilian National Council Against Piracy, private sector groups and other interested parties to protect the rights of innovators and consumers.
Copyright laws encourage the creation of literary works, computer programs, artistic works, and expressions of national culture. Patent laws encourage the discovery and development of new and improved products and processes, while promoting public disclosure of information regarding those new products and processes. Trademark laws encourage the development and maintenance of high-quality products and services, and help companies promote customer loyalty. There are other types of IPR laws as well, such as trade secrets, industrial designs, and others.
Promoting and protecting intellectual property is in every country's national interest. Intellectual Property (IP) is a vehicle for the creation, dissemination, and management of knowledge, and protecting IP allows countries to protect their intellectual assets.
Intellectual property rights are the universal currency of today's global innovation economy. Effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights is essential for economic growth in the developing world.
Protecting IPR stimulates innovation. It rewards creators and encourages the development of more efficient methods of production and distribution. It invites the introduction of new products, quality brands, technology and services, and stimulates new domestic markets by improving existing products and technology. Policies that protect intellectual property help to ensure a diverse and competitive marketplace.