Business risks

Australian companies are advised to spend time investigating the market, obtain professional advice where appropriate and thoroughly investigate the issues in entering the market and before establishing business relationships.

Australian firms wishing to operate in this country should commit to the highest level of corporate behaviour and familiarise themselves with Australia's laws and penalties pertaining to bribery of foreign officials.

Bribery of foreign public officials is a crime. Australian individuals and companies can be prosecuted in Australia for bribing foreign officials when overseas. Further information on the regulations governing bribery of foreign public officials is available.

For further information on frauds, scams, personal and asset security, intellectual property protection and other business risks please read more about legal issues.

Intellectual property protection

Intellectual Property (IP) is a valuable asset and it is recommended you protect it in overseas markets you are trading with.

In Portugal patents and trademarks are administered by the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property and the Portuguese Patent office.

The Madrid International Trademark System (WIPO) and Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OIHM) also covers IP protection for Europe.

Precaution is always the best remedy. As part of a market entry strategy Australian companies should do an IP audit and be acquainted with how best to protect their IP rights. For more information visit the IP Australia European Union page.

Dispute resolution

Companies involved in negotiating an international sales contract or in international commercial disputes should seek appropriate legal advice in Australia or overseas.