Business brief 2014: Costa Rica


María del Pilar López and Esteban Monge

Patent applications should be filed before the competent authority shortly after the invention becomes known to others, since protection will not be granted if, more than a year before the patent application is filed, the invention has been disclosed or made available to the public anywhere in the world and by any means.


How do you register or secure patent rights, and is national or international coverage most appropriate?

Costa Rica is a member of several conventions and treaties that enable a local patent application to be adjustable for filing in other countries.

patents; trademark; counterfeiting