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Penal Code (Consolidated text of Law No. 11.179 approved by Decree No. 3992/84 of December 21, 1984, as last amended by Law No. 26.842 of December 19, 2012 on Prevention and Punishment of Human Trafficking and Assistance to Victims)

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Year of current version:1984
Date of last amendment:December 19, 2012
Date of Text (Enacted):December 21, 1984
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Competition, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets)
Notes:
The Penal Code (Law No. 11.179) was adopted on December 21, 1984, and published in the Official Gazette on January 16, 1985 (B.O. 16/01/1985). According to Article 314 of the Penal Code, it entered into force 6 months after the date of its promulgation. It has been last amended by Law No. 26.842 of December 19, 2012 on Prevention and Punishment of Human Trafficking and Assistance to Victims, which was published in the Official Gazette on December 27, 2012 (B.O. 27/12/2012).

This consolidated version of the Penal Code, approved by Decree No. 3992/84 incorporates all the amendments up to December 19, 2012.
Article 156 stipulates that those who due to their status, trade, employment, profession or craft without justification disclose secrets to which they had access, when such disclosure can cause damages, shall be punished by a fine of one thousand and five hundred pesos to ninety thousand pesos, and shall be disqualified from six months to three years.
Article 159 imposes sanctions on unfair competition, which provides that the persons who by means of fraudulent machinations, false accusations or any means of unfair advertising, intend to divert, to themselves, clients of a commercial or industrial establishment shall be punished by a fine of two thousand five hundred dollars to thirty thousand dollars.
Article 222 indicates, among others, that those who disclose industrial and technological secrets related to security defense or external relations shall be punished to imprisonment from one to six years.
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Código Penal (Texto Ordenado de la Ley Nº 11.179 aprobado por Decreto Nº 3992/84 de 21 de diciembre, según modificado en último lugar por la Ley 26.842 de 19 de diciembre de 2012 sobre Prevención y Sanción de la Trata de Personas y Asistencia a sus Víctimas) Código Penal (Texto Ordenado de la Ley Nº 11.179 aprobado por Decreto Nº 3992/84 de 21 de diciembre, según modificado en último lugar por la Ley 26.842 de 19 de diciembre de 2012 sobre Prevención y Sanción de la Trata de Personas y Asistencia a sus Víctimas), Complete document (pdf) [448 KB]

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