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Title: A Propriedade Intelectual no Congresso Nacional
Author: [IBOPE]

Amcham Brasil

Year: 2008


Subject/Type: IP Knowledge, IP Protection
Focus: Economic / Financial Impact, Patents
Country/Territory: Brazil
Objective: To examine the knowledge of Brazilian parliamentarians about intellectual property, its relevance for innovation, investment and economic development.
Sample: 100 parliamentarians
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews based on a structured questionnaire

Main Findings

When asked what they associate with “intellectual property” (IP), Brazilian parliamentarians most often mention the following: “inventors’ right to an invention” (mentioned by 32%), “trademarks and patents” (15%), and “guarantee protecting inventions and innovations” (14%).

67% of senators and representatives surveyed reported knowing “more or less” about IP, while 21% have “good” IP knowledge and 10% know just “a little” about it. 2% affirmed knowing “practically nothing” about it. 60% know Brazilian IP legislation “more or less”, 30% “a little”, and only 5% know it “well”.

More than nine in ten parliamentarians are either very or somewhat interested in IP and 97% think it is either very important (72%) or somewhat important (25%) for the country’s economic development. Still, 97% think that IP is little discussed in Congress.

Respondents think that IP protection has a positive impact on: economic development and value-added in Brazil’s export sector (91%); the creation of high-skill and well-paid jobs (91%); the country’s economic climate (89%); research and development in Brazil (89%); and profits of large corporations (79%). 62% of parliamentarians agree that the federal government combats piracy while 31% perceive government complicity in piracy, and 7% do not know.

Parliamentarians believe that foreign multinationals are the most important patent holders in Brazil (67%), followed Brazilian multinationals (14%), and domestic businesses (5%).

Majorities of senators and representatives agree that: protecting IP encourages new inventions beneficial to public health (95%); not protecting IP causes real losses because pirate products are not taxed (92%); protecting IP encourages technological innovation (87%); IP protection helps developing countries attract foreign direct investment (84%); IP protection guarantees that generic medicines are of the same quality as the original ones (84%); IP protection does not secure high-tech technology transfer that generally is held at company’s headquarters (67%); profit from IP is higher than the initial investment in the invention (65%); multinational corporations transfer technology from their headquarters to developing countries with sufficient IP protection (63%). 44% agree that IP is one of the most important factors for external investors when taking decision about where to invest (and 52% disagree).

[Date Added: Sep 16, 2009 ]