Brazil - Commercial Guide
Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Licensing

Discusses the legal requirements/options for joint venture/licensing in this market.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

Joint ventures are common in Brazil, particularly as an option for foreign firms to compete for government contracts or in heavily regulated industries, such as telecommunications and energy. Usually, joint ventures are established through sociedades anônimas or limitadas, which are similar to corporations and limited partnerships, respectively. Licensing agreements are also common in Brazil. 

All licensing and technical assistance agreements, including trademark licenses, must be registered with the Brazilian Industrial Property Institute (INPI).