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APRIL 2013

Central America
Market for Small and Medium Mexican Enterprises

In view of the importance that Central America has for the small and medium Mexican enterprises, the entity, PROMEXICO will promote a mission in which different industries such as fresh foods and processed foods, plastic, and automotives, will have the opportunity to contract with buyers from all the region, and to increase their deals in these countries.

Source: Central American Data.

Costa Rica

Turrialba Cheese’s Name of Origin

The registration of the Turrialba Cheese as a name of origin, was given on November, 2012 after a long compliance validation process of the legal requirements. However, today, a small legal detail prevents the usage of the name of origin.

The problem arose due to the conformation of a Regulating Counsel. This Counsel is composed by producers, and civil servants, even though the Industria Property Registry (RPI in Spanish), impedes the members of governmental entities to be part of the Counsel.

This prohibition led the producers to incorporate the civil servants under a modality of “Advising Counsel”, as consultants, this situation is currently being studied by the RPI.

Source:La Nación.

Nicaragua

The registration of agrpchemicals will be faster

The inconformity of the agrochemicals producers due to the obstacles that arise in the importation of such products, has finally caused a positive change in the procedures for registration of toxic, corrosive and polluting substances.

Among the changes that have been implemented, incorporating mentioned a single form for the agrochemicals registration, thereby simplifying the process and reducing the number of pages you have complete from 10 to 3, this allows greater influx of agrochemicals registration at a lower cost, and time.

Source:La Prensa.

El Salvador

Agreement to avoid the lack of medicine

Now that the new Medicine Law is in effect, many prices have been dropped on thirty-eight drugs of vital importance to consumers Salvadorans. Due to this situation, some of pharmaceutical companies have taken the decision to withdraw them from the market.

The President Mauricio Funes and the Central Federation of Pharmaceutical Laboratories reached an agreement in which they decided to market the drugs without the intervention of intermediary companies, this approach, places a considerable reduction in the cost of the process of product marketing, which would prevent products to be withdrawn from the market.

Source:Central American Data.


MARCH 2013

Costa Rica “Nation Brand”

The registration of the Turrialba Cheese as a name of origin, was given on November, 2012 after a long compliance validation process of the legal requirements. However, today, a small legal detail prevents the usage of the name of origin.

The problem arose due to the conformation of a Regulating Counsel. This Counsel is composed by producers, and civil servants, even though the Industrial Property Registry (RPI in Spanish), impedes the members of governmental entities to be part of the Counsel.

This prohibition led the producers to incorporate the civil servants under a modality of “Advising Counsel”, as consultants, this situation is currently being studied by the RPI.

Source: La Nación.

“Validity of the Apostille in Nicaragua”

The General Consular Office of Nicaragua’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Entity in charge of the Apostille in the country), has announced the entry into force of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, - the Apostille Convention – as of 14 May 2013.

By virtue of adhering to the Apostille Convention, the General Consular Office of Nicaragua’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs may issue the apostille on public documents issued by duly authorized public employees, in order for them to be valid abroad.

Those countries or documents that are not included in the Apostille Convention will still require the legalization process and chain of authentications before consular offices in the respective countries.


FEBRUARY 2013

Central America
BRITISH TRADE MISSION IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Entrepreneurs of the energy, mining, and telecommunications industry visited Guatemala, Panama and Nicaragua during the “British Week”, held from February 22nd to March 2nd 2013.

The Central American Business Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Great Britain, and one of the main investors of the region - Cable and Wireless Communications - are some of the most representative institutions which attended.

Source: British Embassy in Guatemala

Costa Rica

In its February - March issue, EKA Magazine published an interview with Monserrat Alfaro, Director of Unimark, titled “The Intellectual Property Vaccine”, a reflection on the look of culture regarding preventive assessment to avoid judicial processes.

Costa Rica
Law for the Promotion of Competition and Effective Defense of the Consumer

Entering into force on May 11th the identification of the origin of the agricultural products consumed in Costa Rica will be modified, which implies the necessity to indicate on a specific manner in the labels of the products, the date of production and the certifying entity.

Also, the labels should be in Spanish, and these should indicate in a clear and correct manner if the product has any additional substances. Another modification by this amendment to the Law is that local products should indicate they were produced in Costa Rica. All of the above should be in a visible area of the label.

Source: Congress of Costa Rica. Law N. 7472.

Costa Rica
Bill seeks to establish maximum prices of medicines

A bill filed by Congressman Jose Maria Villalta seeks to regulate prices of medicines by establishing maximum amounts.

According to Mr. Villalta, economic laws of supply and demand result in clear differnces between small pharmacies and large pharmaceutical chains, which affects the access to these products by consumers.

If the bill is approved, the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce (MEIC) may establish maximum amounts based on market references from other countries.

The bill is ready to be discussed at Congress during the next month of May, and has the support of pharmacy owners, the Pharmaceutical Association, and public universities.

Source: Amelia Rueda Radio Show.

Honduras
Inspections by the Honduran Ministry of Health

The Honduran Ministry of Health published through its webpage on February 22nd that there are at least ten thousand products in the country without a sanitary registry.

Due to this situation the Ministry has, in collaboration with the Consumers Protection Office, have carried out and will continue carrying out inspections in order to guarantee that products commercialized in Honduras comply with this important requirement.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Roxana Araujo, said that products that do not comply with the requirement will be “withheld, then confiscated, and finally incinerated or destroyed, because they constitute a dangerous risk for the population’s health.”

Source: Honduran Ministry of Health.

El Salvador
Address must be updated in the renovation of trademarks and other distinctive signs registries

Verifying the expiration date of trademarks of your business is just one of the elements to take into account when renewing them. There are secondary elements, such as updating the data of your Company, which may affect directly the corresponding renewals. An example of this is the changes of address that the owners of trademarks have during the period of time in which it will be in effect. The process for the address change at the registry is brief, and allows the company to keep its registries updated, which avoids delays in the renewal of the trademark, and prevents that the Intellectual Property rights of your company are affected.

Source: Brand and Other Distinctive Signs Law.

Guatemala
Seeds Act

The Ministry of Agriculture, Stockbreeding and Food of Guatemala (MAGA), promotes the establishment of quality standards and accreditations for local producers of seeds, which seeks to help local entrepreneurs face critical situations.

The import, distribution, and commercialization of seeds has been regulated for more than 50 years by a ministry agreement and has the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development.

Mynor Estrada, assistant representative of FAO in Guatemala, said that current regulation of the subject must also take into account Intellectual Property and community matters.”

The proposal will be delivered to the National Congress by the end of the year.

Source: Central America Data.

Nicaragua
Free Trade Agreement negotiations between Nicaragua and Russia

The representatives from the Governments of Russia and Nicaragua will start conversations this month regarding the possibility to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement between both countries.

Orlando Solórzano, the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Nicaragua, stated that the agreement would benefit all of the countries of the Central American region. He also stated that “Russia is interested in buying coffee, vegetables, and tropical fruits that they do not have because of their low-temperature climate.” In 2012, Nicaragua’s sales to Russia constituted $15.7 million US Dollars. This year, they represent $2.3 million USD so far, as announced by the Exportations Procedures Office (CETREX).

Source: www.laprensa.com.ni

 


JANUARY 2013

NATIONAL DELEGATE ASIPI

Last December the director of Unimark, Monserrat Alfaro was named National Executive Head of the American Intellectual Property Association.

ASIPI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1964 to bring together professionals to study, disseminate and develop intellectual property laws in America. Among its objectives is to advise governments and intergovernmental organizations on issues related to the unification of intellectual property regimes and foster relationships with like-minded organizations.

 


NOVEMBER 2012

IT WAS CONFIRMED THE DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN FOR QUESO TURRIALBA

The cheese makers of the Costa Rican community of Santa Cruz of Turrialba can enjoy the fruits of their efforts since they have obtained registration of the Designation of Origin “QUESO TURRIALBA”. This occurs after six years of struggle with the Industrial Property Registry of Costa Rica. Such registration allows products that meet certain features, geographical area of manufacturing and a specific method of production, to protect their origin and take the advantages in marketing, tourism and manufacturing that this registration provides.

With the registered designation of origin, cheese makers of this area made their cheese to be the first dairy product to obtain such grant in the Central American region.

The Asministrative Registration Court (Tribunal Registral Administrativo –TRA) of Costa Rica, celebrates its 10 anniversary

On October 25th, the TRA celebrated this with a selected group of professionals dedicated to the Intellectual Property in Costa Rica. The event was attended by the Director of the National Registry of Costa Rica, the President of TRA, the Minister of Justice, and a representative of the World Organization of the Intellectual Property, who flew in from Switzerland for this celebration.

TRA and the National Institute of Competency Defense and Intellectual Property Protection of Peru (el Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la protección de la Propiedad Intelectual del Perú) (INDECOPI), are the only two Latin American bodies of appeal that constitute Latin American bodies of appeal in registration matters of Intellectual Property and copyrights in the administrative proceedings.

Since its creation, TRA has excelled in solving the appeals submitted against decisions about registration qualifications , issued by the different departments of the National Registry of Costa Rica, for this reason TRA has accomplished to relieve the courts by solving promptly and fully the issues in the administrative proceedings, so cases do not need to be taken to Court, even though is permitted by law. This is proof of the good work this entity is doing and the benefits received by the users, in regard to right and speedy application of law in registration matters.”