Canopy Patent Versus Canopy Tour Operators in Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – Canatur is to ask judges to clarify the validity of the Canopy patent that was granted to Canadian Darren Hreniuk in 1998.

According to a resolution of the Board of Cassation, it expired in October 2010 and had been suspended for years due to judicial proceedings.

The Canadian insists that he will ask for the closure of companies operating a canopy tour without his permission. Over 100 companies in Costa Rica offer Canopy among their activities.

The president of the National Chamber of Tourism explains that, after a meeting of businessmen and legal advisers, a series of judicial and registry measures have been defined in order to stop the collection of royalties claimed by the Canadian.

The Canadian hopes to reach an agreement that allows operators to continue working and modernize the activity in the country.

He will ask the government to grant operating permits requiring proof of authorization to operate granted by the owner of the patent.

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