Region: Costa Rica

Good news for trademark owners: Trademark Office to start issuing trademark certificates electronically

The Costa Rican Trademark Office is due to begin issuing trademark certificates electronically, which should make the registration process faster and less costly.

05 January 2022

IP offices should be “protagonists and agents of change” urges INAPI director after launch of new multinational IP and gender network

Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property Director Loreto Bresky calls for IP offices to increase collaboration and follow in the footsteps of the new Latin American Network of Intellectual Property and Gender.

07 July 2021

Gender pay gap reports a necessary diversity tool for Latin American law firms, experts urge

While most firms ensure that no specific role is paid differently due to gender, a gender pay gap report lays bare whether a firm has men over-represented in the highest-earning positions.

04 December 2020

“Firms wouldn’t even accept a woman’s CV”: challenging diversity in Latin American legal culture

Often, the diversity discussion is centred on the goals of firms based in North America or Western Europe. But the conversation is also growing in Central and South America.

12 November 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.

24 July 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.

08 July 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.

02 January 2020

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.

01 November 2019

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.

26 April 2019

Administrative Appeals Board implements oral hearings in trademark proceedings

The Costa Rica Administrative Appeals Board has implemented a procedure to hold oral hearings in appeal proceedings regarding patents and trademarks. Although the lack of a clear, written criteria regarding the admissibility of such hearings creates uncertainty that will have to be resolved by the board through case law, the implementation of oral hearings is an important step towards a more efficient, highly technical process.

31 January 2019

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