Protect Your Intellectual Property

Competing with multinationals under DR-CAFTA requires companies to comply with all the necessary processes to protect their brands, processes and products.

Friday, March 18, 2016

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, the need for companies and entrepreneurs to protect the product development process, their formulation and their brands is highlighted.

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"... The first step when you create a brand for a product is to determine whether their are any others in the market with the same name. If there are, the next step is to determine if they are already registered in the Registry of Industrial Property. From there the steps are defined: registration is requested or the name changed. That way disputes are avoided, but there still may be complaints. "

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"... The Minister of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica, Alexander Mora, believes that the current legislation is of first world quality since the agreed changes were put into effect in the Free Trade Agreement between the US, Central America and the Dominican Republic. However, much remains for businessmen and entrepreneurs to do in order to take advantage of this first world legislation ".

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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.

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