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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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