Castro & Pal Gets First Plant Variety Registration
in Costa Rica
Castro & Pal Abogados obtained the first registration for a plant variety in Costa Rica, granted by the National Office of Seeds.
Pursuant to its obligations under CAFTA (Free Trade Agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America and United States), Costa Rica became a Party to the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) and on March 19, 2008 issued the Plant Variety Law. The registration process to obtain a plant variety in Costa Rica was implemented in 2009.
According to the Law, the protection granted is of twenty years from the date of issuance with exception of those varieties which are perennial, wherein the protection granted is of twenty five years from the date of issuance. To be eligible for protection, varieties need to satisfy certain conditions, such as being distinct from existing, commonly known varieties and sufficiently uniform and stable.
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Partner Luis D. Castro speaker at 2013 AIPLA Meeting
Our Partner Luis Diego Castro, together with patent attorneys from Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, will be a speaker at the 2013 Spring Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) to take place May 1-3, 2013 in the city of Seattle, Washington.
Attorney Castro, a patent expert, will speak about some of the latest and most important issues regarding patent protection on biotechnology related inventions in Costa Rica and Central America.