WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Hague System: NO. 

Applicable Law: 

Law 6867 on Patents, Industrial Designs and Utility Models. 

Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure: 

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

Formal filing requirements: 

Identification of the applicant and inventors.

5 graphic representations.


Power of Attorney notarized.2 months from notification.

Assignment document legalized and authenticated by the Costa Rican Consulate or by means of the Apostille, along with its Spanish translation. 2 Months from notification.

Priority document, when applicable. 3 months from Notification.  

Locarno classification: 


Deferred publication: 

  1. Once all the requirements 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. 


YES. Oppositions can be filed within 3 months 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. No maintenance fees for designs in Costa Rica.