Copyright Law to Costa Rican Parliament

In Compliance with the FTA, the Government sent Congress draft legislation that criminalizes the infringement of intellectual property rights.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

As part of the framework Agenda for the Implementation of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, Central America and Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX) has sent a reform to the Law on Copyright and Related Rights to Congress for debate.

Journalist Esteban Mata wrote for La Nación of Costa Rica: "Bill 17.264 extends the coverage of copyrights and related rights to prevent musical works from being performed or interpreted without payment to the agents or authors."

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Costa Rica Hurries Up Last CAFTA Law

August 2009

To speed up its approval, the Executive removed the agrochemical chapter from the last law project of the FTA agenda.

This project, being discussed in Congress for 9 months now, will modify intellectual property regulations.

"The Commerce Ministry removed aspects related to the Law of Undisclosed Information, in order to avoid affecting the definition of 'pharmaceutical product', which impacts agrochemical registration", reported website

Costa Rica Decriminalizes Violation of Copyright

June 2012

The Legislative is moving forward a bill that will decriminalize the business of photocopying of books, on the basis of academic needs.

The aim of the "Law to protect the right to education against the excesses of intellectual property law" is to prevent owners of photocopying businesses from being affected by the secondary legislation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States on intellectual property protection.

Costa Rica clears constitutional hurdles for CAFTA

October 2008

The Costa Rican Constitutional Court approved the last law project for the trade agreement by ruling that it does not have any defects.

Said law is the "Law that reforms several regulations for matters relating to intellectual property," known in the legal environment as "project 12" and which, according to the court, has constitutional foundation and procedures.

Costa Rica Passes Last DR-CAFTA Bill

March 2010

The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica passed modifications to intellectual property laws.

Specifically, they modified article 2 of the Intellectual Property Law, and article 8 of the Intellectual Property Observance Law.

This concludes the implementation agenda of the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Central America.

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