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BASIC QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON PROPERTIES IN THE MARITIME ZONE FOR HOTEL INVESTMENTS IN COSTA RICA


What is the nature of the maritime zone regime in Costa Rica? The maritime terrestrial area in Costa Rica is the first 200 meters measured horizontally from the high tide line. The maritime zone includes islands, pinnacles of rock, mangroves, estuaries, and any smal...

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HONDURAS - SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS: THE MODERN PERSPECTIVE


Historically, consumption taxes, particularly the value added tax or as it is called in Honduras, Sales Tax (ISV), have been classified as regressive taxes. Tax regressiveness means that a tax is not collected based on a person's purchasing power, but is applied uniformly to ...

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT


  On April 26, the World Intellectual Property Organization (hereinafter WIPO) celebrates Intellectual Property Day with the theme “IP and Youth: innovating for a better future”. At Arias, like WIPO, we believe that young people, through their energy, ingenuit...

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THE FINTECH BOOM AND ITS DEVELOPMENT IN EL SALVADOR


The growing technological development has had an impact on the structure and the form the financial sector operates, accelerating its evolution towards a more automated and accessible ecosystem with immediate responses for its users. The term FinTech, an acronym for the words &ld...

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HONDURAS - VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19: IMPLICATIONS IN THE WORK CENTERS


The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has posed many challenges in different areas for employers and employees. The use of masks, social distancing, disinfection and other biosecurity measures have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus in the workplace, in this sense the a...

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INTERVIEW PROCEDURE WITH PATENT EXAMINERS IN COSTA RICA


According to the last amendment to the Bylaws to the Patent Law back in 2014, among other relevant changes to the form and substance of patentability examinations, the formal possibility of requesting an interview with the examiner was established. Although it is true that befor...

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MARCH 3RD: WORLD NATURE DAY - WHAT ROLE CAN ORGANIZATIONS PLAY IN PROTECTING ECOSYSTEMS?


According to data from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the capacity of ecosystems to provide the essential services on which societies depend continues to decline. The Living Planet Index 2020 indicates that human beings are overexploiting the Ea...

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A PATENT PRACTITIONER IN LATIN AMERICA


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GENERALITIES ABOUT BITCOIN SERVICE PROVIDERS IN EL SALVADOR


On September 7, 2021, the Bitcoin Law (hereinafter the "Law") came into force in El Salvador, regulating bitcoin as an unrestricted legal tender with unlimited releasing power in any transaction. One of the main challenges when implementing a cryptocurrency as legal ten...

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A BRIEF GUIDE TO OBTAINING BREEDER’S RIGHTS FOR A PLANT VARIETY IN COSTA RICA


Since Costa Rica joined UPOV on December 2008 plant variety protection rights are obtainable through a simple and efficient process. The competent authority for this registration is the National Seeds Office (OFINASE). The breeder’s right shall be granted to the breeders o...

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KEY ASPECTS OF THE TRADEMARK OFFICE PROCEDURE TO ACHIEVE THE RECOGNITION OF WELL-KNOWN MARKS


It has been almost two years since the Trademark Office issued the Directive DPI-0003-2019, which authorizes and regulates the procedure for achieving the well-known status of a trademark without having to contend it in a contentious proceeding, such as in an opposition or a null...

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NON-USE CANCELLATION


In Costa Rica, trademark applicants/owners are not required to file declarations of use to demonstrate the effective use of their trademark in commerce in order to obtain registration nor to maintain their registrations. Proof of use will only be required if a trademark owner is ...

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ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW - AVENUES TO CHALLENGE PRE-GRANTED OR POST GRANTED PATENTS


The administrative review provides an opportunity to challenge a patent application refusal issued by the Patent Office and/or challenge a granted patent at the administrative level. This review is done by experienced Examiners and/or administrative judges.   Denial Decis...

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DOING BUSINESS 2019: TRAINING FOR REFORM


Beyond being strategic partners for companies in the legal market, our regional team actively supports the development of the region, providing every year input for the “Doing Business” report; a publication of the World Bank Group that investigates the regulations th...

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DOING BUSINESS 2018: REFORMING TO CREATE JOBS


Once again, our Arias specialized attorneys provide their contributions to the World Bank in the preparation of the Doing Business 2018 report: Reforming for the Creation of Jobs. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators of business regulations and the protection of ...

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