New Directory for the fight against Counterfeit Trademarks
The Brazilian Patent Trademark Office (BPTO) in a combined effort with the Ministry of Justice, Federal Revenue Service and Military and Federal Police (through Resolution N. 1 of 2013 of CNPC/MJ) has created the “National Directory for the Combat of Counterfeit Trademarks.” The main objective of the directory is to help reduce trademark piracy.
The directory is a database containing information related to trademarks (contact information for the owner of the trademarks or trademark attorney), as well as any information which facilitates the identification of counterfeit products, such as:
– Images comparing the original product with counterfeit versions;
– How the original products are usually packed for distribution.
A listing in the directory must be requested by the owner of the trademark, through the filling and sending of the proper forms. Currently it is not necessary to pay any official fee for this service.
According to the BPTO, the directory is described as “an information system with the goal of optimizing customs and administrative proceedings in cases where the public agent identifies indications of trademark counterfeit.”