New Changes in Regulations to the Patent Law
The recent amendments to the Regulations to the Costa Rican Patent Law, bring important changes to the patent prosecution as it modifies 18 of the 49 articles that make up the Regulations. The most important changes are summarized as follows:
Filing a Patent Application
-Dimensions of drawings may not exceed 15cm by 15cm (5.90 inches by 5.90 inches) and shall not contain any text; only reference numbers to the corresponding text in the specifications. - Drawings may consist of photographs of the subject matter of the invention, as long as they have a neutral background and no shadows. -One single extension of time to submit the Power of Attorney may be requested, as long as sufficient justification is provided. -At the request of the applicant, publication of the application may be delayed for up to 12 months after the filing date.
Examination of the application
-Possibility of an extension of time to the examiner to render the examination report, not to exceed the period of time defined by the Law.
-Examiners must refer to the Manual of Organization and Patent Examination of the Intellectual Property Offices of Central America and Dominican Republic. This Manual, which was not binding for examiners until now, is a common patent processing manual for the Central American region created to help harmonize practices and procedures for patent examination among the offices.
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Castro & Pal Abogados receives top rankings for 2015
Our firm is pleased to announce that Chambers Latin America Awards 2015 has once again ranked our partners Luis Diego Castro, Luis Pal-Hegedüs and Simon Valverde as Leading Individuals in Intellectual Property Practice, recognizing their knowledge and expertise in the field, as well as their professionalism and diligent work.
The prestigious international legal directory Chambers & Partners conferred these awards based on international interviews and research, with more than 10,000 participants carried out each year among the leading companies and legal firms in the world.