New Registro building houses intellectual property

Casa Presidencial photo President Laura Chinchilla Miranda is accompanied by Hernando París, minister of Justicia and Paz as they tour the new structure.

The president and other officials get a look Thursday at the new $9 million addition to the Registro Nacional in Zapote where information about authorship and other intellectual property data is stored.

The Registro, said President Laura Chinchilla Miranda, is a leader in providing online service and the new multi-story structure will strengthen this service.

The Registro handles more than just authorship. There also are trademarks and business names that are protected by a series of laws.

Ms. Chinchilla said that by protecting intellectual property, the country is defending creativity and innovations at times when frauds within the Registro Nacional are history because of modernization of the administrative processes of the agency.

The Registro also maintains data on property holdings, vehicle and other personal goods.

The president also said that a big battle is taking place to defend the sustainability of public policies with financing of public institutions. She was critical of protests, strikes and work stoppages. That appeared to be in reference to public employees who staged a protest Wednesday over a 5,000-colon monthly pay raise that the president has decreed. There also is a threat of a general strike. She also is trying to get more taxes passed.

Casa Presidential, in its summary of the visit, made no mention of the situation in which the Registro has frozen online access to corporate ownership records because the Sala IV told officials not to charge for the information. Because the data is not available online for a small fee, those who need such documentation must visit the Registro or its regional offices.

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