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Viewing cable 08SANJOSE336, DEMARCHE DELIVERED: COSTA RICA REMAINS ON 301

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08SANJOSE336 2008-04-30 20:08 2011-03-02 16:04 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy San Jose
Appears in these articles:
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-02/Investigacion.aspx
VZCZCXYZ0008
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSJ #0336 1212044
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 302044Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY SAN JOSE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9651
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
UNCLAS SAN JOSE 000336 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EEB/TPP/MTA/IPC RWALLACE, PLEASE PASS TO USTR 
AMALITO/DOLIVER/TGARDE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: CS ECON ETRD KIPR PREL
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED:  COSTA RICA REMAINS ON 301 
WATCH LIST 
 
REF: STATE 43145 
 
1.  AUSTR Everett Eissenstat, accompanied by Charge Peter 
Brennan, FCO, and EconOff, delivered Reftel demarche to the 
GOCR's Minister of Foreign Trade (COMEX), Marco Vinicio Ruiz, 
on April 24, 2008. 
 
2.  Minister Ruiz and attending COMEX officials were not 
surprised by the news (that Costa Rica remains on the Watch 
List). 
One COMEX official acknowledged the status as fair as Costa 
Rica made 
virtually no progress in IP legislation or enforcement 
over the past year. 
 
3. COMMENT: Costa Rica's planned implementation of CAFTA by 
October 1 should significantly advance IPR legislation and 
protection. 
Enforcement will remain the GOCR's distinct challenge for the 
next cycle of Special 301 reporting, however.  The one glimmer of 
good news: 
During her meeting with AUSTR Eissenstat on April 24, VP and 
Justice Minister Laura Chinchilla acknowledged the need for increased IP enforcement and said the GOCR was seriously considering creating a dedicated prosecutor unit for that purpose. 

BRENNAN