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Intellectual property in Costa Rica


The powerhouse intellectual property group at Arias remains a market leader, coordinating with seven offices in six countries across Central America to employ regional strength when managing and safeguarding the intellectual property portfolios of household-name global corporates (including Bayer), across sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, consumer goods and chemicals to entertainment, hospitality and the automotive industry. The practice’s comprehensive service covers litigation and enforcement, licensing, brand management and the development of registration strategies for copyrights, trade marks, trade names, slogans and patents. The practice is jointly led by IP authority María Del Pilar López, who brings expertise to regulatory affairs, personal data protection, and judicial and administrative processes; veteran patent prosecutor Simón Valverde; and biotech patent expert Luis Diego Castro. Key support is provided by senior associate Ariana Lizano, who develops strategies for Costa Rica market entrants in the food and consumer products industries, and associate Valeria Grant, who handles patent registration procedures. Associate María Laura Torres joined in October 2022 from trade mark boutique RJM Abogados.

Practice head(s):

Simón Valverde; Luis Diego Castro; María del Pilar López


A team of professionals with great experience and up-to-date knowledge in the services they offer.

Luis Diego Castro not only has knowledge and experience, he also has an excellent relationship with clients and follows up on their matters.

Arias has an important presence in the region with qualified personnel who are responsive to customer needs.

The quality of service stands out from other lawyers in the region.

At Arias we receive a quick and accurate response to queries. María del Pilar López stands out.

The partners have great legal judgment, which can only be found in lawyers who have been highly trained in their jurisdiction and abroad, which gives them an advantage in the field in which they compete. Simón Valverde and Luis Diego Castro stand out; with their great legal expertise they have resolved various important issues for our clients.

The team at Arias is highly skilled, provides tailor-made advice and keeps an eye on detail.

María del Pilar López has vast experience in all fields of IP practice. She is very responsive and is always willing to lend a hand to clients for matters in her country. She provides detailed and valuable advice.

Key clients

Lanotec (Laboratorio Nacional de Biotecnología)



The market-leading team at BLP employs the combined bench strength of offices in San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste, in addition to branches across Latin America and Europe, to advise global household names including Adidas, Sony and WeWork, on the management, licensing and enforcement of their international intellectual property portfolios. With an active client base spanning such sectors as apparel, food, education, entertainment and financial services, the practice brings expertise to matters involving trade marks, copyrights and sanitary registrations, in addition to complex patent prosecutions, cross-border registration reports, the seizure of counterfeit goods, third-party infringements and the assignment of rights. Giselle Reuben leads the team, bringing expertise to the anti-counterfeiting litigation practice. Other key figures include Uri Weinstok, whose utilises a multidisciplinary skill set to handle IP issues related to competition and antitrust law, advertising, and, along with senior associate León Weinstok, manages complex IP data protection matters. Key support at the associate level is provided by Anel Aguilar, a specialist in trade mark filing strategies.

Practice head(s):

Giselle Reuben


Immediate responses. In-depth and well-supported analysis and responses to the queries and situations raised.

Uri Weinstock stands out for his extensive knowledge and leadership ability, accompanied by Giselle Reuben, a great professional with extensive experience in Costa Rica. León Weinstock is our contact person for trade mark protection issues, and his responsiveness and analytical skills stand out.

The intellectual property lawyers provide excellent service both technically and in terms of customer service and the speed with which they respond to our concerns and requirements. We feel well supported by having a firm like BLP looking at our IP issues. We wouldn’t use any other team. We have never had problems or disappointments with either the firm or this department, which is exceptional.

They are much better prepared than other firms.

Key clients





Doctor Music

Andrés Carne de Res

BioPlus Care



Earth University

Work highlights

  • Assisted Laboratorios Pisa (Electrolit) after a recall request was received from the Ministry of Health.
  • Assisted Adidas in the takedown of the domain name ‘www.adidascostarica.com’.
  • Assisted Sony in response to a suspicious import of 1700 game controllers.


The experienced team at IP specialist Eproint coordinates with its offices across Central America and the Caribbean to advise global household-name brands across such sectors as agriculture, pharmaceuticals, tech, apparel, entertainment, sports and consumer products on distributorship, IP holding strategies, IP wealth management, portfolio management, regional expansion, patent protection, complex registrations and IP litigation. The practice is led by founding partner Aaron Montero, who serves as the ambassador of intellectual property of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and Gabriela Bodden, who served as president of non-profit the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and, in addition to copyright, trade mark and patent matters, brings expertise to the medical cannabis space. Other key figures include Carlos Corrales, who draws on over 29 years in the IP arena and a background as an adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Trade, and department coordinator Karla Corrales, who advises on data protection.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Montero; Gabriela Bodden


It is a law firm that has really become a network that spans all of Latin America, and yet they are able to provide outstanding service at competitive rates.

Eproint is a firm with a presence throughout Central America. It has the ability to have a single contact that handles issues in different countries.

COLBS Estudio Legal

The intellectual property practice at COLBS Estudio Legal leverages the experience of its team to advise public figures and a wide range of national and multinational corporates on the management and protection of their international IP portfolios. With an active client roster spanning sectors ranging from software, real estate, tech, fintech and sports to engineering, construction, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals, the firm’s full service extends to assistance with IP legislation, copyrights, trade marks, patents, IP due diligence and complex IP litigation. The team is jointly led by Sebastián Jiménez, who brings expertise to the IP aspects of data privacy law, and associate Jessica Ward, a portfolio management specialist who utilises a background as an IP negotiator at the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

Practice head(s):

Sebastián Jiménez; Jessica Ward


Efficient and practical when offering solutions.

Remarkable knowledge and practical experience in the subject matter.

It is a highly trained team, with a personalised service. They propose innovative legal strategies in order to protect intellectual property assets in the shortest possible time. The quality of the work is impressive, and they are growing in giant steps and are preparing to grow even more with the personnel hired to date. We are very satisfied to work with this firm.

Key clients

Contract Workplaces

Rafael Azofeifa Espinoza

Liga Agrícola de la Caña de Azúcar

Swisscore Group Latam

Gloriana Villalobos



Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA)

Work highlights

  • Designed an agreement between two parties regarding ownership rights and perpetuity use rights.
  • Advised a professional women’s soccer player in the negotiations related to her high-profile team change.
  • Advised Contract Workplaces on the registration of its trade mark in Costa Rica and the management of its trade mark portfolio in North, Central and South America.

Consortium Legal

With offices in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the team at Consortium Legal pairs deep bench strength with the experience of its team to manage and safeguard the intellectual property portfolios of national and multinational corporates and financial institutions. With an active client base spanning such sectors as banking, food, building materials, cosmetics, transport and packaging, the practice’s full offering covers copyright, patent and trade mark prosecution, due diligence and impact assessments. Senior associate and department head Fabiola Sáenz brings experience and expertise to a diverse spectrum of IP matters, including major transactions, counterfeiting cases and regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Fabiola Sáenz


They are very fast and they give regular updates to report the status of the process or case.

Fabiola Sáenz has a great openness to understand and seek solutions to what we are requiring.

We like the firm for the personal relationship they have with our company. We like the support they provide.

I think that they treat my team excellently, that their service is of high quality and the results have always been satisfactory.

Key clients

Banco Davivienda

Banco Lafise

Banco BAC Credomatic



Genomma Lab

Mayca Autoservicios




Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Lafise on a procedure regarding the invalidation of one of its main trade marks.
  • Advised Cemex on the IP aspects of the due diligence of the company in Costa Rica and El Salvador for the sale made to Cementos Progreso.
  • Advised CMI (Corporación Multi Inversiones) on the protection of several of its main trade marks being infringed by third parties, including initiating pre-judicial negotiations and advising on strategies to preserve its rights.


With offices in 17 countries spanning Central America, Europe and Asia (in addition to one in the metaverse), the team at ECIJA utilises deep bench strength to safeguard and manage the trade marks, copyrights and patents of national and multinational corporates, such as Pfizer and Church & Dwight, across a diverse range of sectors, including consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, health, logistics, textiles and beverages. The practice’s full service offering extends to utility models, industrial designs, advertising, merchandising and sponsorship, and assignments. Senior associate Monserrat Soto Roig leads the team, bringing expertise to such matters as IP risk assessment, image rights, software licences and work-for-hire agreements.

Practice head(s):

Monserrat Soto Roig


The extensive knowledge that they manage allows us to achieve our objectives – they have remarkable experience in the area of intellectual property, and provide clear and prompt responses from anywhere in Central America. They commit to the case and solve it strategically by implementing action plans that achieve favourable results.

Their commitment to the client makes us feel that our needs are their priority, and they achieve quick and effective responses. The work team shows a capacity for teamwork and professional ethics. And, most importantly, it achieves results.

Regional service. Prompt responses. Knowledge of the matter.

Monserrat Soto responds quickly, listens to the client’s needs and is always willing to collaborate. She proposes alternative solutions.

Monserrat Soto is very professional and looks for quick and efficient solutions. She stays in communication throughout the process to keep us up to date with progress.

Key clients

Church & Dwight


Herbalife of America

Pfizer Zona Franca


Sparx Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advising Church & Dwight on the management and administration of its complete trade mark portfolio in Costa Rica.
  • Providing constant monitoring of Profarmaco’s trade mark portfolio for the filing of renewals, the defence administrative and judicial actions and new trade marks.
  • Advising on the intellectual property components of Pfizer’s advertising, marketing, trainings and other activities, to provide risk assessments.

Facio & Cañas

Faycamark, the intellectual property division of Facio & Cañas (which expanded in March 2023, opening two new offices in Puntarenas and Guanacaste) brings strength to advising major multinational corporates such as Jaguar Land Rover on a diverse spectrum of matters related to copyrights, patents, trade marks, trade secrets and regulatory law. Assisting clients across sectors ranging from apparel, tech and entertainment to food and beverages and the automotive industry, the group’s comprehensive service covers enforcement, strategic portfolio development and management, due diligence and complex IP litigation, representing foreign and national franchisors, licensors and distributors engaged in merchandising ventures and product licensing. Managing partner and IP authority Milagro Chaves leads the team, with senior associate and life sciences specialist Laura Valverde.

Practice head(s):

Milagro Chaves; Laura Valverde


I would like to recommend Laura Valverde and Milagro Chaves. They are responsive and provide helpful feedback. They also know what is important to their clients and formulate strategies that will benefit the client’s business.

They are a great team and are always available to support us in the matters we deal with in Costa Rica. They definitely compare favourably with other teams because of their collaborative attitude.

What stands out is definitely the excellent customer service they provide to us as clients.

Key clients

Guangdong Loongon Animation & Culture

Rigo Trading


Jaguar Land Rover

Work highlights

  • Representing Guangdong Loongon Animation & Culture in a dispute with Lego Juris regarding a claim of infringement of the design of the Lego brick.
  • Representing Rigo Trading in a dispute with Monsters Energy Company regarding the use of the trade mark “Monster” by both parties.
  • Representing Xiaomi in a trade mark dispute with its local distributor in Costa Rica.


The experienced team at Lexincorp brings strength to advising regional and multinational corporates across the food, manufacturing, automotive, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, consumer products and telecoms industries on the maintenance and administrative, criminal, civil and precautionary measures for protection of their international intellectual property portfolios. The firm’s comprehensive services include registrations and renewals, cancellations, oppositions and nullity actions. The team is co-led by associate and trade mark litigation specialist Ana Laura Cubero and Philip Andre, who assists with the protection, advice and monitoring of distinctive signs, trade mark registrations, and sanitary and patent records.

Practice head(s):

Ana Laura Cubero; Philip Andre


In comparison with other firms, Lexincorp stood out for the excellent quality of the legal service provided compared to the fees charged. Furthermore, its members were always available to help, which shows their engagement with the matter.

Key clients

Tilleke and Gibbings

Bajaj Auto






Insecticidas Internacionales de Costa Rica (INICA)

Jacqueline Auborg

Malin Haley DiMaggio & Bowen

Work highlights

  • Advising Cremrica on the trade mark protection of one of its newest products as a brand for the creation of a franchise.
  • Assisted Hollister with the successful registration of one of its brands that had received a denial.
  • Assisted Gador with cancellation requests, appeals and all necessary acts to protect trade mark rights and achieve new ones.


The team at boutique firm MMonivation brings experience to assisting multinationals, regional companies and start-ups on the maintenance and protection of their trade marks, patents, copyrights and sanitary registrations. Providing a full line of IP services ranging from registration procedures, refusals and assignments to cancellations, litigation and due diligence, the group’s client base spans such sectors as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, where the firm shows considerable strength. The practice is led by international director Ana Catalina Monge, a former deputy director of the Office of Industrial Property, and an expert in cross-border IP transactions. Senior associate and former Trademark Registry examiner Andrés Hernandez leads the firm’s national IP practice, bringing to the team over 30 years’ experience in the practice area.

Practice head(s):

Ana Catalina Monge


Fast, reliable and quality service.

Professional and personalised attention. Good follow-up on cases.

Accurate and fast responses.

They know how all areas of IP work.

MMonivation’s legal team provides comprehensive and international attention in the trade mark area, which allows us to concentrate the registration and permitting processes for most of our trade marks in the Americas in a single law firm.

MMonivation’s lawyers have been offering us immediate and careful attention to every query they receive, which denotes great professionalism.

Key clients


Laboratorios Silanes

Helados Sensación

Sahara Cosmetics

Caribbean Trademarks Services (George C.J. Moore)



ENTRA IP/Rojas Gaona & Bandres

Herrero & Asociados


Work highlights

  • Assisting Samyork, a new manufacturer of liquors and beers, with the registration of its trade marks in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Panama, and Canada.
  • Assisting Helados Sensacion with trade mark searches and the protection of new trade marks for ice creams for dogs.
  • Managing the sanitary registration portfolio of Mexican cosmetics company Arabela, registering 100 new products and handling 30 renewals.

Nassar Abogados

The seasoned IP group at Nassar Abogados leverages regional strength to maintain and safeguard the IP portfolios for national and multinational household names, including Pernod Ricard (which owns the Absolut, Chivas Regal, Havana Club and Jameson brands). With an active client portfolio spanning the pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, tech, and beverages sectors, the practice’s full offering extends to patent and trade mark infringement litigation and contract and regulatory matters. The team is led by Tomás Nassar J. and Guillermo Rodríguez, a specialist in IP prosecution.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Nassar J; Guillermo Rodríguez


They serve clients quickly, directly and clearly. The searches are detailed and well studied and they offer comprehensive IP services throughout the Central American area. Flexible when negotiating and very aware of the needs of their clients.

Guillermo Rodríguez is always very attentive, and he responds quickly.

Excellent attention and high-quality service.

Key clients

Albaugh México

Pernod Ricard



Agroquímica Industrial RIMAC

Compañía de Galletas Pozuelo DCR

Whiters & Rogers

Cohn, de Vries, Stadler & Co

Balder IP

Hoffmann Eitle

Work highlights

  • Advising on the registration and maintenance of the trade marks of Albaugh México’s agrochemical portfolio in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
  • Advising Pernod Ricard on trade mark prosecution, filing, renewals, amendments, and oppositions.
  • Advising Sandoz on patent infringement and patent scope of protection, specifically regarding biological medicines in Costa Rica and Honduras.

Tactic Estudio Legal

Tactic Estudio Legal, formed by former COLBS Estudio Legal partner Javier Escalante after he and Sebastián Jiménez split their practices in September 2021, advises major multinationals across such sectors as cosmetics, retail, agriculture, tech, aviation, food and beverages, beauty and healthcare on the maintenance and protection of their international IP portfolios. The practice’s full service covers matters ranging from brand enforcement strategy and cross-border sanitary registrations to trade mark surveillance and regulatory compliance. Associate Karla Villalobos heads the team, employing experience in trade marks, trade names, inventions, copyrights and utility models. Escalante, a veteran trade negotiator who has served as both Consul General of Costa Rica in Singapore and Ambassador of Costa Rica in Qatar, brings added expertise.

Practice head(s):

Karla Villalobos


Karla Villalobos is excellent. Tactic Estudio Legal compares well with other midsize firms.

Karla Villalobos is proactive and knowledgeable about the issues.

Key clients

Redwood International Capital


Arturo Calle


Cosecha Dorada

Asociación Horizonte Positivo

Republic Office

Grupo SG

Work highlights

  • Advised Rosibel Morera Agüero in the defence of the copyright of four novels and two additional books written by Costa Rican author Carlos Luis Fallas within a complex hereditary conflict.
  • Advised Farmagro on the trade mark and sanitary registration of a set of new products for agricultural production.
  • Advised Arturo Calle on the registration of its trade marks in Costa Rica.

Zürcher IP

Boutique firm Zürcher IP utilises the experience of its team to advise global brands including Chanel, Riot Games and Sony Pictures Television on the safeguarding and management of their international intellectual property portfolios. The group’s active client roster spans the hospitality, video games, automotive, entertainment, banking, pharmaceuticals and tech sectors. The practice assists with matters ranging from sanitary registrations, anti-counterfeiting actions and antitrust issues and franchising to consumer protection and advertising, data protection and high-stakes IP litigation. The team is co-led by senior partner Harry Zürcher, Edgar Zürcher and Marco López, who brings expertise to IP disputes, transactional matters and brand enforcement. Another key figure is senior attorney Kristel Faith, who employs experience in cross-border coordination.

Practice head(s):

Harry Zürcher; Edgar Zürcher; Marco López


We are impressed by their ability to carry out IP case management in terms of registration, maintenance, defence, and enforcement. Due to the breadth of their professional practice, they have the ability to handle a wide spectrum of matters. They have a strong team, show great precision and care in their communications and reporting, and have moved into the more modern aspects of the profession, including AI and privacy.

Marco López is a solid practitioner who is knowledgeable in all aspects of IP, as well as related topics such as privacy and personal data protection. He handles IP issues from the simple to the most sophisticated with confidence and clarity. The Zürcher IP team gives us a sense of security, as well as collaboration and rigour in its professional work. Definitely recommended.

They have an impressive portfolio of clients, and they are experts in all matters of intellectual property, litigation and new technologies applied to law.

Key clients

Pisa Agropecuaria


Quanta Associates

Monifai-Everty Group

Essity Hygiene/Essity Centroamerica

Novartis – Sandoz



Promerica Bank

Sony Pictures Television

Yum Brands/Kentucky Fried Chicken


Riot Games

Chana Gutreiman Goldberg

Honda Motor

Dos Hombres



Dentsply Sirona

Banco Davivienda

Work highlights

  • Assisted Quanta Associates with the management and protection of its patent portfolio.
  • Assisting Essity on with the management, prosecution, and maintenance of its trade mark portfolio, as well as legal advice on advertising law, consumer protection, and image rights.
  • Assisting Novartis – Sandoz on the management, prosecution, and maintenance of its trade mark portfolio, as well as legal advice on advertising law, consumer protection, and image rights in Costa Rica and throughout Central America.