If ever we hated to say "we told you so", this is that
moment. The U.S./Brazil dispute over U.S. cotton subsidies 
has landed the U.S.
on the wrong side of a WTO ruling, resulting in sanctions. Brazil
has already identified 102 U.S.
products on which it will now impose those (sanctioned...
Developments have been moving fast in Brazil regarding the possible
first-ever WTO-sanctioned cross-retaliation against intellectual
In November 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) gave Brazil the formal go-ahead to impose sanctions
on U.S. imports after
previous WTO rulings...
The Council of Ministers of the
Chamber of Foreign Commerce, presided over by the Minister of Development,
Industry, and Foreign Commerce, Miguel Jorge, approved today (17 June) the
agreement negotiated between Brazil and the United States which carries forward the
undertakings in the Memorandum...
Palmer, of Pinheiro Palmer Advogados, discusses Brazil IP News - Legal
permits Brazilian federal government to suspend IP and similar
rights as "cross-retaliation" in WTO disputes.
June 21, 2010 Correspondence from Walter W. Palmer of Pinheiro
On June 14, 2010, the Executive Office of the President
released a proposed law intended to "modernize" the existing statute governing authorial
and connected rights in Brazil,
Federal Law No. 9.610 of 1998 (hereinafter, "the Copyright Law").
The proposed law is the result of...
Flesch and Bruno Maeda
The Superior Court of the State of Minas Gerais has ruled
that a Brazilian engineering company was not required to indemnify two large
US-based software companies for the use of unlicensed software. The lawsuit was
filed by one of the multinational software companies...
A 2-1 decision issued in May 2010 by a panel of the
Appellate Court of the State of Minas
Gerais (Appeal No. 1.0224.08.199736-3) refused to
acknowledge Microsoft Corporation's and Autodesk Inc.'s rights in and to
computer programs. According to the majority,
Microsoft and Autodesk had failed...
On September 30, 2010,
NIC.br, the entity which oversees the registration of domain names in Brazil, adopted
a mandatory administrative dispute resolution process for all ".br" domain
names registered from that date forward.
A new clause added to
NIC.br's standard-form registration...