TRADEMARKS

COSTA RICA

GDP: $60,126 BILLION
IMPORTS: $19,842 BILLION
POPULATION: 4,999,441
TOTAL AREA: 51,100 KM2
CURRENCY: COSTA RICAN COLÓN (CRC)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH

WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO.

Patent Prosecution Highway:

Trade Mark Law in force:

Trademark Law 7978 of 2000 and its Regulation.

Classification:

Nice classification, 10th edition

Multiclass Applications:

YES.

Registrable trade marks:

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

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarised (no legalisation required) within 90 days from filing date (PoA has to be dated before filing date OR Power of Attorney duly notarised (no legalisation required) with an earlier date when the application is filed under the Trade Mark Law Treaty (TLT) within 60 days 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. Cancellation can be requested if the trade mark has not been used for 5 years, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible.

Renewal terms:

1 year prior to the renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months.

Link to Trade Mark Office:

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

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