The union will focus on improving the rules on patenting and improving protection of intellectual property.
The creation of the new Chamber also aims to encourage fair practices and help streamline processes followed when companies make complaints about products reproduced without authorization.S21.com.gt reports that "...The products most likely to be copied illegally are medicines, food, alcoholic beverages, clothing, videos, movies and music. "
Competing with multinationals under DR-CAFTA requires companies to comply with all the necessary processes to protect their brands, processes and products.
The arrival of multinational companies in Central America competing in legal equality with local or regional firms as a result of DR-CAFTA, highlights gaps in legal implementation and best practices for business on issues such as the protection of trademarks and intellectual property. In an analysis piece by Nacion.com, the need for companies and entrepreneurs to protect the product development process, their formulation and their brands is highlighted.
The event to be held in San Jose on 3 and 4 March will address issues such as implementation of digital markets, internet commerce and protection of intellectual property online.
The third International Congress on Electronic Commerce Laws will be held at the Bar Association of Costa Rica, and will address issues related to law in light of new commercial and financial relations being handled electronically.
Once again health and safety approval has been rejected for the product Nutrileche made by the Mexican company Lala, as it did not meet the minimum requirements to be considered as milk.
With this latest effort, there have now been a total of fourteen attempts by the company Productos Lácteos de Centroamérica, SA, a subsidiary of Mexico's Grupo Lala, to register the Nutrileche brand in Guatemala. Among the reasons given for not approving the health permit is the fact that the product, a dairy substitute, does not meet the minimum requirements to be considered as milk.
Increased prices are predicted along with less variety in drugs and agrochemicals because of the progressive protection of patent rights.
Román Macaya, director of the National Chamber of Generic Producers (Canaproge) explained that at the end of this decade the market will feel an impact on the protection of branded drugs and agrochemicals. The changes will occur due to the agreed extension of rights in the FTA between the U.S., Central America and the Dominican Republic.
The Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property is demanding that the FTA under negotiation include a chapter on intellectual property rights.
Miguel Ángel Margáin, director of the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI), made a request to "include" one more chapter "on intellectual property in each treaty to be signed, as occurred in the FTAs signed by Mexico with the United States and Canada in 1994 ", reported Prensa.com.
It takes from six months to a year to complete the process for registering a patent for a brand with the Guatemalan Intellectual Property Registry.
Various sectors in Guatemala agree with the estimate. "Although there is a commitment to the free trade agreement between Central America and United States (CAFTA), which entered into force in 2006, Guatemala has not signed", reported Prensalibre.com.gt.
The country is in the list of eight nations where the most copyright violations occur.
A report by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a coalition of seven associations of more than 3,200 companies representing copyright industries in the United States, singles out Ukraine as the country where the most intellectual property rights are violated, and then points to Costa Rica from the group of seven countries that follow Ukraine in the intensity of these violations.
The first recommendation in an article by Paola Castro Montealegre in Elfinancierocr.com, stresses how important it is that "intellectual property must be protected at the start of the business and not at the stage of the final product, which is often when we care about our protection, regardless of the fact that products or creations have probably been known about by several people and are potentially vulnerable, and we might even have intellectual property assets already on the market and positioned, without it being possible to protect them, because it hadn’t been thought about from this perspective. '
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 Prensa.com, which unleashes these reflections.
The law in Costa Rica that decriminalizes the business of photocopying disrupts the foundations of intellectual property rights, with the only justification for accessing protected property being the lack of economic means.
The first paragraph of the preamble to draft law No.
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