TRADEMARKS

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 Madrid System: NO

Trademark Law in Force:

Trademark Law 7978 and its Regulation.

Classification:

Nice classification, 10th edition

Multiclass Applications:

YES

Registrable Trademarks:

words, letters, numbers, numerals, figurative elements, monograms, pictures, tags, lines, traces,
patterns, combinations and dispositions of colors, sounds, packaging or wrapping of products.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarized (no legalization) within a 90-days term from filing date (PoA has to be dated before filing date OR Power of Attorney duly notarized (no legalization) with an earlier date when the application is filed under the Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) within a 60-days term from filing date

• Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within a 90-days term from filing date.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES
Relative grounds for refusal: YES

Opposition period:

2 months from the first publication date.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 6 months unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

10 years from the date of registration.

Use requirements:

YES. The cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for a time period of 5 years, counting from the date registration. (Partial cancellation possible)

Grace period for renewal:

6 months

Link to Trademark Office:

http://www.registronacional.go.cr/

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