DESIGNS

COSTA RICA

GDP: $49,55 BILLION
IMPORTS: $17.56 BILLION
POPULATION: 4,758 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 51,100 Km2
CURRENCY: COSTA RICAN COLÓN (CRC)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Hague System: NO

Applicable Law:

Law No. 6867 on Patents, Industrial Designs and Utility Models

Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure:

No

Multiple design applications -one application for different embodiments- available:

No

Formal filing requirements:

Identification of the applicant and inventors. 5 graphic representations. Description. Power of Attorney notarised. Assignment document legalised and authenticated by the Costa Rican Consulate or by means of the Apostill, along with its Spanish translation. Priority document, when applicable.

Locarno classification:

Yes

Deferred publication:

No. Once all the requierements have been filed, the PTO will issue 2 edicts, one which must be published in the Official Newspaper "La Gaceta" and the other which must be published in another local newspaper.

Registration Proceeding Outline:

Filing. Publication. Oppositions. Official Examination. Decision.

Opposition:

Yes. Oppositions can be filed within a 3 month term from the publication. Once the design is granted, only the applicant can cancel the registration.

Average time from filing to grant:

1 year

Term of Protection and Maintenance:

10 years from the granting date. There is no need to pay annuities.

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