IP EXPERTISE AREAS

PATENTS AND DESIGNS

We provide a full complement of patent services, from business and strategic advice to preparation of patent applications and the prosecution of the applications. Our corporate and litigation expertise allow us to help you leverage commercial opportunities and enforce your IP rights. Services: » Applications » Assignments » Confidentiality agreements and policies » Due diligence » Enforcement » Legal opinions » License agreements » Searches » Technology transfers » Patent Prosecution

PLANT VARIETIES

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, Law No. 8631 and on January 11, 2010, the Regulations for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, Decree No. 35677, were issued.
With the new Regulations in effect, plant variety right holders may apply for protection before the National Seeds Office. 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.

REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE

Prior to the commercial launch of certain types of products, both domestic and international rights holders must obtain additional government authorization. We advise you when registrations or licenses are required and obtain them from the appropriate Authority. Products subject to regulation include: » Agrochemical » Beverages » Cosmetics » Dangerous Products » Foods » Natural Products » Pharmaceuticals » Spirits and Wines » Medical Devices We provide comprehensive counsel on aspects of regulatory compliance and enforcement involving biotechnology, providing support on investigations and assistance through the regulatory permitting and approval process. Our counsel includes the investigation of infringement, research of specific protections, and the analysis of current patents. Furthermore, our team counsels on aspects such as product development and testing, regulatory compliance and enforcement, advertisement and promotion of biotechnology innovations.

TRADEMARKS

Zurcher IP has one of the largest trademark practices in the Latin American region and our team can provide strategic trademark advice for all of your trademark needs. We possess a long history of representing some of the biggest brands in the world on all trademark matters. Our attorneys negotiate seamlessly on your behalf with a specific focus on efficiency and quality as we handle all aspects of trademark law with regards to enforcement and traditional services related to the protection of trademarks, trade names or domain names. Not only do our attorneys practice trademark law, but we also frequently contribute to the reshaping of the legal system in Costa Rica through lobbying and involvement in local industry associations and organizations. Services: » Applications » Assignments » Domain Name Registrations » Due Diligence » Enforcement » Franchising » Licensing » Legal Opinions » Portfolio Management » Renewals » Searches and Clearance » Strategy » Unfair Competition » Trademark Prosecution » Trademark Audits » Administrative issues

LITIGATION

We are experts in all types of dispute resolution to enforce your intellectual property rights, whether by negotiating settlements or administrative and judicial actions for infringement, counterfeiting, piracy, or contractual breach. Our experience of over 100 years provides us with a range of experiences that allows us to best anticipate problems before they arise.
Services: » Administrative and judicial actions » Border actions » Coordination with government authorities » Investigations » Market research » Negotiated resolutions » Strategies

DATA PRIVACY

The firm has a strong Data Privacy team advising on a broad range of privacy and data protection matters and cybersecurity risk. We have counseled local and global enterprises as well as small organizations in a variety of matters that are sensitive for our client’s highly regulated sectors. Specifically, we regularly draft privacy policies and procedures and provide counsel in several areas such as data base registration, security breaches, audits and regulatory investigations, training programs, cross-border data transfers, website privacy policies, among others.

COPYRIGHTS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Our copyrights & entertainment department is well-versed in all aspects of copyright law to best manage and protect your rights in the creative and performing arts. Services: » Registrations » Assignments » Confidentiality agreements and policies » Due diligence » Enforcement » Agreements » Searches Our Copyright & Entertainment Law Practice has deep experience representing the full range of copyright and entertainment clients, representing creators and artists from the creative and performing arts scene. The team is continuously developing fields of the entertainment industry, new media and new technologies and computer software. Our team handles a comprehensive practice capable of competing the protection of rights, negotiations, contracts, licenses and assignments related to copyrighted works.
Furthermore, we have deep experience dealing with celebrated clients as well as small-sized individuals and companies, including film and television producers, studios, media companies, actors, management companies, athletes, models, journalists and fashion companies. We work with our clients in a wide range of areas, including advertising law, image rights, actor and collective bargaining agreements, celebrity sponsorships and matters involving digital rights and print media law.

LIFE SCIENCES

Zurcher IP’s Life Science practice is one of the largest in the region, and our lawyers assist clients in the US, the EU, Asia and Central America with strategic advice regarding life science issues. We advise on regulatory issues at every stage of the product life cycle and development, from marketing authorizations to post-market safety. Our attorneys navigate complex, world-wide regulatory issues around the world intensified by marketing surveillance and pricing issues. We ensure that our clients maintain their statuses as an industry leaders by defending in criminal, civil and administrative enforcement actions arising as a direct result of the healthcare, medical device manufacturing and food and drug laws. Zurcher’s Life Sciences practice is particularly distinctive and has assumed an active role in Costa Rica’s implementation of clinical trials, which were banned for several years. Our lawyers provide legal and regulatory assistance with the establishment of new investigations in the country and the development of administrative and regulatory revisions. Services: » Marketing authorizations » Post-market safety » Pharmacology surveillance » Promotional Practices and Labeling » Anti-counterfeiting » Regulatory issues » Clinical trials Our experience is not limited to IP issues; we also handle a range of criminal and administration enforcement issues.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING LAW PRACTICE

Zürcher IP has a full-service practice dedicated to the marketing side of business. We serve an extensive client base in advertising and entertainment litigation disputes, including false advertising, unfair competition, and copyright and trademark litigation. Furthermore, we are able to assist our clients with preventive marketing strategies or to challenge competitor’s claims. We have broad experience dealing with advertising and promotions marketing counseling and transactions, which provides our clients with comprehensive legal support and efficiency for their advertising-related legal matters.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & INTERNET LAW

Our team represents clients dealing with transactions in the technological field, providing a full service in all aspects of the procurement, development, use and implementation of technology in business. Our practice encompass technology and service engagements, including licensing of traditional intellectual property, complex software licensing and support, technology-based business acquisitions and transfers, legal issues specific to the Internet, web-based service transactions, website development and terms-of-use agreements.

IP EXPERTISE AREAS