Chile Introduces Bill To Strengthen Intellectual Property Rights

Law360, New York (January 24, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Chile's government introduced a bill to Congress last week to strengthen intellectual property rights, but trade groups complain the government’s measures don’t go far enough.

Congress will give priority to the fast-track bill when it reconvenes in March after the summer holiday.

The proposed legislation would double the current maximum fines imposed on people convicted of violating intellectual property rights. Fines would double from between $260 and $2,600 to between $520 and $5,200.

The bill also empowers judges and police forces to specifically investigate allegations of...
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