English translation: proof of physical delivery [in certain contexts]
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Portuguese to English translations [PRO] Law/Patents - Law: Contract(s)
Portuguese term or phrase:protocolo
I think it's referring to the following definition of 'protocolo' from the Houaiss dictionary:
livro de registro da correspondência oficial de uma empresa, universidade, repartição pública, etc
...but what is the term in English?
Here is the context. It's from a contract.
"Para efeitos do disposto na cláusula anterior, relativamente à necessidade de obtenção do consentimento da PRIMEIRA CONTRAENTE, a SEGUNDA CONTRAENTE obriga-se a comunicar à PRIMEIRA o projecto do negócio e as cláusulas respectivas, mediante carta registrada com aviso de recepção ou por protocolo."
Explanation: The "protocolo" in the case of a government agency is a numbered receipt that is issued by the document reception desk. Since this context here may not involve delivery to a government office, we cannot add ".......delivery to a government office."
Although the word "protocol" may be found to be suitable in terms of meaning, I always reject using a word that means nothing to the user, that will puzzle the user and send him to a dictionary.
So I have tried to invent something - it's almost "personal delivery" but that won't always fit.
I'm more convinced that this is the meaning and obviously the precise wording can vary a little.
I found another instance of this use:
"A remessa da intimação poderá ser feita por portador do próprio tabelião, ou por qualquer outro meio, desde que o recebimento fique assegurado e comprovado através de protocolo, aviso de recepção (AR) ou documento equivalente."
I really think my text is referring to the proof of delivery rather than the details of the transaction.
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