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Technology transfer: the way forward
  • Intellectual Property
  • Puerto Rico
  • December 20 2010

The Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico has approved Act 150 to sponsor and promote the participation of academics, professors and researchers from the University of Puerto Rico in the development of intellectual property and the transfer of technology into industry.

The Trade Secrets Act: protection offered for non-patentable essential information
  • Intellectual Property
  • Puerto Rico
  • December 06 2010

The Senate is considering a statute that aims to protect valuable trade secrets belonging to businesses and individuals alike. Under the act, persons that misappropriate trade secrets without authorisation will be responsible for all damages caused to their owner. If the appropriation is in bad faith, the damages may be tripled.

The clash between the US Copyright Act and Puerto Rican succession laws
  • Intellectual Property
  • Puerto Rico
  • August 09 2010

Since copyrights are governed by the US Copyright Act 1976, the federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction as to copyright infringement. However, the federal act does not deal with moral rights granted to authors. In Puerto Rico, moral rights are protected by the provisions of the Intellectual Property Act 1988. This update considers the clash between the two laws regarding the inheritance of IP rights holders' moral rights.

New legislation streamlines trademark regime
  • Intellectual Property
  • Puerto Rico
  • April 26 2010

By enacting Act 169, the government has adopted a more organized and comprehensive trademark law regime in response to recent trends in trademark practice. The act provides for a more flexible registration process, establishes clear provisions on the protection of marks and provides greater benefits for trademark owners.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum for Wage and Employment Claims
  • Employment & Benefits
  • Puerto Rico
  • February 02 2005

Under a new law, the Department of Labour will provide mediation and conciliation services and will intervene in disputes arising between workers and their employers in order to preserve industrial peace. It will also establish an Office of Mediation and Adjudication dedicated to conciliation and adjudication of disputes between workers and their employers.

Liberal Interpretation of Disability Discrimination Statute Required
  • Employment & Benefits
  • Puerto Rico
  • January 26 2005

Recent legislative amendments require judges and administrative agencies to interpret the local disability discrimination statute in a liberal and unrestrictive manner which is "most beneficial to persons with disabilities". However, the amendments do not attempt to explain or define what a 'restrictive' interpretation might be.

Workers' Compensation Insurance for Employees of Transport Providers
  • Employment & Benefits
  • Puerto Rico
  • January 18 2005

The Compensation System for Work-Related Accidents Act was recently amended to allow motor carriers that provide independent transportation services to obtain a workers' compensation insurance policy to insure their drivers and driver helpers.

Overview (June 2004)
  • Employment & Benefits
  • Puerto Rico
  • June 30 2004

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