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Unfair Competition, Trade Law and Antitrust

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Unfair Competition Advice & Litigation

The unfair competition regime in Costa Rica is primarily based on the Law for the Promotion of Competition and Effective Consumer Protection (No. 7472 of 1994) and its Regulations, as well as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Competition law is enforced at the administrative level by COPROCOM (in Spanish, “Comisión para la Promoción de la Competencia”), which belongs to the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Comerce (“MEIC”) and at the judicial level by the various civil and criminal courts.

ALPI provides strategic advice and services to pursue or defend against unfair competition at the administrative and judicial levels.

The Costa Rican legal framework provides for remedy against:

False Advertising

Disparagement

Comparative Advertising

Generating confusion as a competitor's products or services (deceitfully similar goods or services)

Predatory Pricing

Intellectual Property Infringement

Antitrust

Misappropriation of trade secrets, know-how or undisclosed information

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about unfair competition laws and regulations in Costa Rica.