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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered: Costa Rica Remains On 301

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P 302044Z APR 08
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9651
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

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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

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