Costa Rica

Trademark Premier League: Manchester United crowned 2019 champions, as Messi pulls ahead of Neymar

With today’s World Intellectual Property Day celebrating the importance of IP in sports, research conducted by WTR finds that Manchester United has the most significant trademark portfolio of any global football club.

Trademark Premier League: Manchester United crowned 2019 champions, as Messi pulls ahead of Neymar
Biker gang warns about fakes, WHOIS challenges, and brands failing to meet consumer expectations: news round-up
23 Oct 2018

Biker gang warns about fakes, WHOIS challenges, and brands failing to meet consumer expectations: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the FDA warning about fake Halloween contact lenses, Kylie Jenner faces a trademark infringement lawsuit, Costa Rica being added to TMview, and much more.


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24 Jul 2020

Trademarking national symbols in Costa Rica – what you need to know

An opinion issued by the Attorney General’s Office concludes that the Legislative Assembly is the competent authority to authorise the use of national symbols in trademarks. However, it falls short of detailing the relevant procedure for obtaining such authorisation. Read more

8 Jul 2020

Key requirements for trademark licensing in Latin America and the Caribbean

When creating a regional licensing programme, understanding the nuances of the rules and regulations at jurisdictional level is key to success. Read more

2 Jan 2020

Twenty counterfeiting hotspots to be aware of in Latin America

Although Asia is often seen as the centre of global counterfeiting activity, sales of fake goods are rising across Latin America. We present 20 markets in the region that are particularly problematic for brand owners. Read more

1 Nov 2019

Good news for trademarks owners: trademark office may now issue declarations of notoriety

The Costa Rican trademark office’s Administrative Guideline DPI-0003-2019, which details the procedure for obtaining a declaration of notoriety of a mark, was recently published in the Official Gazette. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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13 May 2014

Spanish telecoms giant prevails against local company before Corporate Registry

Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica SAA has prevailed in an administrative action against local entity Movistar before the Costa Rican Corporate Registry. The registry found that Movistar had infringed Telefonica’s well-known mark MOVISTAR by including it in its trade name.

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IP Offices

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1 Sep 2017

Costa Rica: Battling for acquired distinctiveness

Under the current trademark law it is highly difficult to bring acquired distinctiveness as an argument to overcome a refusal for lack of distinctiveness in Costa Rica – despite international pressure

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27 Mar 2008

Sunrise period for ‘.cr’ second-level domain names launched

NIC Costa Rica, the registry responsible for the regulation of the
'.cr' country-code top-level domain, has announced that it now allows the registration
of second-level domain names. The registry has launched a 90-day sunrise period
which is open only to the registrants of domain names in any of the existing

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Portfolio Management

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13 Jul 2016

Acquired distinctiveness and its limited recognition in Costa Rica

This article aims to explain the meaning of ‘acquired distinctiveness’ and its limited recognition in Costa Rica. It also seeks to address the elements that are pursued in order to use acquired distinctiveness as a defence when filing a trademark application.

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5 Dec 2014

Industrial Property Registry sets new rules for attorneys-in-fact

A new official guideline of the Industrial Property Registry has established new requirements for the filing of applications and related actions as attorneys-in-fact. These requirements cause difficulties for new applications and related actions, and groups such as the Costa Rican Association of IP Professionals have already met with officers of the Industrial Property Registry to discuss options and alternative mechanisms to comply with the new rules.

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Trademark law

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11 May 2015

Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision in Provolone case causes controversy

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has rejected the opposition filed by a local company against the registration of PROVOLONE VALPADANA as a geographical indication. Provolone is a type of cheese originating from southern Italy. As a result of the decision, cheese producers are able to commercialise Provolone cheese in every country worldwide except Costa Rica, where they will have to change the name of their goods.

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