The Innovation Task Force seeks to work with the Brazilian government to develop proven, market-based incentives to drive innovation, technology diffusion, job creation, and economic growth.
The Council recognizes that as participation in international investment and technology transfer becomes more competitive around the world, it is critical that both industry and government collaborate to ensure that Brazil becomes a global technology leader. To that end, the Council puts forth the following agenda:
- Encourage the adoption of regulations furthering data privacy in Brazil, while promoting trade and growth and striking a balance between public and private interests.
- Support data protection interoperability initiatives in Brazil, as well as privacy regimes and frameworks that are technology neutral, ensure accountable crossborder flows of information, protect consumers, reflect today’s global business models, and allow benefits of e-commerce and cloud computing.
- Promote internet regulations in Brazil that accommodate transborder information flows and their decentralized nature, enabling consumers to benefit from secure data use and privacy.
- Support increased measures to ensure adequate and effective enforcement of all forms of IP rights in Brazil. Advocate for adherence of Brazil to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks to expedite trademark applications and approvals.
- Recognize the importance of patent protection through both governments’ renewal and expansion of the scope of the Patent Prosecution Highway agreement, signed in 2015, to allow U.S. patent applications before Brazil’s National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in all technical fields for an unlimited time period.
- Urge the implementation of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission’s (CITEL’s) Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) regarding the U.S.; provide mutual recognition of conformity assessment bodies and acceptance of testing results and certification procedures for telecommunications equipment.
- Urge the withdrawal of local content requirements to accommodate rapid innovation prevalent in high-tech and IT industries in Brazil, with special attention to instances where basic production process requirements do not align with the fast-paced reality of advanced manufacturing, software, and other advanced technology industries.
- Support legislation in Brazil that would consider e-books and e-readers to be similar to printed books; approval of such legislation would widen access to affordable e-books and foster social inclusion for millions of Brazilians.
- Promote initiatives that reduce regulatory burdens, facilitate business, and increase accessibility by reducing internet and mobile broadband costs in Brazil, especially considering the importance of the new application (app) industry in creating jobs, supporting small business, and generating wealth.
- Support the adoption of regulations in Brazil that promote a flexible, innovation-based approach to cybersecurity and public-private discussions on cyber best practices and threat of information sharing.
Committee membership is voluntary and exclusive to our members, and each group is chaired by one or more members. Contact us if you are interested in getting involved.