Patent Infringement decriminalized in Costa Rica

Congress also approved the abolition of criminal offenses against commercial and industrial secrets and confidential information.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Congress also approved the abolition of criminal offenses against commercial and industrial secrets and confidential information.

When this reform comes into force, it will effectively establish the civil courts as the only means of claiming damages for patent infringement or the disclosure of industrial or commercial secrets.

A civil suit, which is faster, allows for economic compensation that is equitable or parallel to the prison sentence of one to three years, as is defined by law for these offenses, to be claimed.

These changes are in response to several motions that were approved last June. The reform project was approved in the second round of debate and on 17 July the Legislative Assembly sent the document to the Executive Branch (the Presidency) to be signed and then published in the Gazette so that it can become law.

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Panama Approves Copyright Law

September 2012

Despite opposition from representatives of authors, the Assembly has adopted the law which, among other provisions, gives the proceeds of the fines to the Directorate General of Copyright.

A press release of the National Assembly of Panama reads:
The full National Assembly approved on its third reading Bill 510 on Copyright.

Costa Rica adopts new law on intellectual property rights

July 2008

Costa Rica has passed a new intellectual property law, in keeping with its membership of Cafta, the free trade accord between Central America and the United States.

The new law was passed by Congress on a second reading. It strengthens Costa Rican legislation on intellectual property rights.

Protest Against Decriminalization of Copyright Violations

July 2012

The Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies and the American Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce have requested that the bill be vetoed by President Chinchilla.

An article in echoes the troubles caused by the adoption of the law which "allows without sanction copying of music CDs and movies or counterfeit software", in the national and creative sectors, and in the union that groups together American companies in the country.

Dura lex sed lex

October 2012

We welcome to the new Panamanian law on copyright protection. It is the beginning of the return to one of the basic tenets of social life: Do not steal.

Much has been written about this law in recent weeks, but is Mary Triny Zea’s article "A Copyright law Like Never Before", published on Monday 1st October in, which unleashes these reflections.

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