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Join us for the INTA Annual Meeting 2015 in San Diego, CA

ALPI will be attending the premier academic and networking event for trademark professionals from May 2 to May 6, 2015. With over 9,000 attendees from more than 140 jurisdictions expected to attend, the INTA Annual Meeting is the largest trademark event in the world. This year’s event […]

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Costa Rica: Yearly Tax on Legal Entities Ruled Unconstitutional

We have discussed the Yearly Tax on Legal Entities in several several different occasions. This is a tax levied since 2012 on legal persons in Costa Rica (the prime examples being “sociedades anónimas” or corporations and limited liability companies), payable in January of every year. The tax […]

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Reforma a Reglamento de Patentes de Invención y Diseños en Costa Rica en Abril de 2014

A partir del 24 de abril de 2014, se implementaron reformas importantes de procedimientos para inscripción de patentes de invención, diseños y modelos ante la Sección de Patentes de Invención del Registro de la Propiedad Industrial de Costa Rica La reforma es notable por introducir importantes cambios […]

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Amendment to Patent & Design Regulations in Costa Rica as of April, 2014

As of April 24, 2014, several new important changes practice before the Costa Rican Patent Office regarding Patents of Invention, Designs and Industrial Models & Utility Models came into effect. The amendment is notable for introducing new  formal and substantive changes to payment of annuities, prosecution and […]

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Useful links for doing business in Costa Rica

Useful links for doing business in Costa Rica In recent years, the Costa Rican Government has been pushing its institutions to provide more online services to increase efficiency, transparency and reduce bureaucracy. While there is still a lot of work to be done, many useful tools are […]

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Costa Rica increases publication fees for trademark applications

As of February 25, 2014, the official Gazette increased publication fees for trademark applications  s frequent filers of trademark applications in Costa Rica know, official fees for trademark registration in the country are divided into two main categories. The first are filing fees, which are payable to […]

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China Passes New Trademark Law

The revision of the law was passed on August 30, 2013 by Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislative organ. his is the third revision of the People’s Republic of China Trademark, which has been under consideration for several years. The new law […]

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Costa Rica: Alert – Exemption on real estate transfer fees for qualifying legal entities up to October 1st, 2012

The Legal Persons Tax Law of Costa Rica that became effective on April 1st of 2012 established a 6-month period of grace under which owners of corporations that have been inactive for the prior 24 months before the tax authorities may transfer any real estate held in […]

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Costa Rica: Brief Primer Intellectual Property Protection

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Thanks to the international harmonizing trend in IP laws, the procedure for registration and protection of patents of invention, trademarks and other IP rights is fairly standardized in Costa Rica and Latin America in comparison to the rest of the world. Most of the basic considerations regarding […]

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Costa Rica: New Guideline for Suspension of Trade and Service Mark Applications

by Luis Acuna, Asesores Legales en Propiedad Industrial (ALPI), Costa Rica The merits of granting a request to suspend prosecution of a pending trademark, service mark or trade name application before the Costa Rican Industrial Property Registry has traditionally been evaluated in a case-by-case basis. No clear […]

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