Last October 24, 2017 our partner Luis Diego Castro was invited to give a presentation on Strategic Relevance of Intellectual Property, at the University of Costa Rica.  

The conference, was part of the course Strategy and Management of Innovation, taught at the School of Business at the University of Costa Rica, the most renowned and prestigious University in the country.   

International standards for protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights were implemented by Costa Rica as part of its compliance with the TRIPS Agreement in 2000. At that time, Costa Rican enacted new legislation in the form of LAW NO. 8039 on PROCEDURES FOR ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, of October 5, 2000, in which all the procedural matters based on the structure of the TRIPS Agreement were incorporated. Such legislation included civil and criminal enforcement procedures, remedies, and dispute resolution.

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Article 7 of the Costa Rican Trademark Law enumerates the prohibitions for registration when a trademark or another sign affects the rights of third parties. In general, the law establishes prohibitions in circumstances where the mark is identical or similar to existing registered or pending marks, and protects the same goods and services, or others related to those goods and services, in a way that can cause confusion to consumers.

 

But what are the standards when evaluating the likelihood of confusion?

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