Costa Rica adopts new law on intellectual property rights

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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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

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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.

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

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

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.

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