Observancia de los derechos de propiedad intelectual
24. Please explain whether the amount of damages which judicial authorities order the person who infringes intellectual property rights to pay the right holder includes investigations expense and appropriate attorney's fees.
The Courts have inherent jurisdiction to grant an order as to costs which is separate from the amount of damages awarded; this would include the attorneys' fees as well as actual disbursements and expenses, such as investigative expenses. A bill of costs has to be taxed (assessed) by the Taxing Master unless the parties agree otherwise.