Costa Rican Public Registry: New On-Line Services

In August, Internet users will be able to access information related to corporate entities, and a new certification issuing service.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Real Estate information could be available online by the end of the year, according to estimations by authorities.

"The user won't have to physically visit the National Registry for their paperwork, saving both money and time. However, it is important to point out that services provided through Internet will have a cost, varying between the different procedures", said Viviana Martín, Justice Minister, in a Prensa Libre article.

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Telefónica Registers Trademark in Costa Rica

March 2011

The Spanish company began the process of registering its trademark in Costa Rica.

Telefónica, with extensive coverage in Latin America, began the process of registering its trademark in Costa Rica before the Industrial Property Registry.

Telefónica was awarded the third block of phone frequencies from the tender done by the Costa Rican government, the more attractive block because it requires less investment in infrastructure.

The Growing Importance of Brandnames

November 2013

Globalization increases the need to protect the brand names of products which have become an increasingly valuable asset allowing effective communication with customers.

"One of the characteristics of brand names is to be something distinctive, a vehicle of communication between the seller and the consumer, which can become a very valuable asset," says Bernal Molina, from the Industrial Property Department at the National Registry Office.

A Case of Brand Ownership

March 2014

Lego International has won a lawsuit against Lego PZ Multiservicios S.A. of Costa Rica for the misuse of the toymaker's brand name.

Lego International won the lawsuit filed against the corporation Multiservicios Lego PZ Costa Rica for the unauthorized use in its company name, of the trademarked name Lego. The Register of Legal Entities at the National Registry ordered the administrative detention of the corporation.

International Trademark Registration

May 2013

Costa Rica has yet to ratify the Madrid Protocol, an international standard resisted by lawyers who would see less participation in registration processes.

In an article in Gabriela Miranda states that "the increase in countries who have adopted this paper has generated an international tide in trademark registrations which, thanks to the Protocol, are protected in an expeditious manner and at a low cost, increasing trade relations".

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