Luis D. Castro
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Educational Background

  • University of Costa Rica, Law Degree, 1990.


  • Colegio de Abogados de Costa Rica
  • Notary Public
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI)
  • ItechLaw – International Technology Law Association (formerly Computer Law Association)
  • ACDI – Costa Rican Computer Law Association
  • APPICR – Costa Rican Intellectual Property Professionals
  • Costa Rican Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC)


  • Spanish and English

Luis D. Castro is a partner in Castro & Pal Abogados, practicing in the areas of Real Estate and Corporate Law. He also practices in the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Departments, counseling clients about all forms of intellectual property; focusing on Technology Law, Internet and E-commerce issues.

He is a member of the Section of Legal Infrastructure of the Costa Rican Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC), and serves as secretary of the Board of Directors of the ACDI, the Costa Rican Computer Law Association.

Mr. Castro served for several years as member of the intellectual property counsel group for CONCAUSA, a private sector program supporting the Central American – USA Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

He has served as principal legal counsel for the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries (1996 - 2006) and as consultant for Nathan Associates on the project for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) “Support for Trade Capacity Building in Central America – E-Commerce”.

Mr. Castro is currently serving as lead legal advisor to Ad Astra Rocket Company (Costa Rica) SRL, the Costa Rican business started by former NASA astronaut Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz developing the VASMIR plasma rocket.

His continuing legal education includes the Program for Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School (1999). Mr. Castro is co-author of the Costa Rican Chapter of “World Online Business Law”, published by the Center for International Legal Studies.