Mozambique - Country Commercial Guide
Protecting Intellectual Property
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Mozambique’s copyright regime is administered by the National Institute of Culture and Creative Industries
under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Patents are governed by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce’s Industrial Property Institute (IPI). Despite the government’s firm public stand against piracy, the Mozambican judicial system weakly enforces intellectual property rights. Pirated copies of DVDs, as well as counterfeit goods, are commonly sold in Mozambique, although not produced in any significant volume. Enforcement is rare and highly selective. Firms entering the Mozambican market with their own intellectual property (IP) should consult local legal services providers on how to safeguard their IP.

In any foreign market, companies should consider several general principles for effective protection of their intellectual property. For background, link to our article on Protecting Intellectual Property and for more resources.

For more information, contact ITA’s Office of Standards and Intellectual Property Rights (OSIP) Director, Stevan Mitchell at

To access the Mozambique Investment Climate Statement, which includes information on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, visit the U.S. Department of State Investment Climate Statement website.