In Costa Rica, it typically takes between four to six months to obtain a trademark registration.
Once a trademark application is filed the Costa Rican Trademark Office will assign an application number. It will take about 30 to 45 days for an examiner to review the application and determine if it complies with the formal and substantial requirements established in the law. Applications are also examined for potential conflicts with other trademarks and applicants can respond to any rejections raised by the trademark office.
In case of no official rejection, the trademark application is issued for publication in the Official Gazette, which will take place from 15 to 30 days from ordering by the applicant. There is a two-month period for third- party opposition. If an opposition is filed, it will delay the process for approximately 3-6 months.
If the examining attorney grants the registration, it will take from 7 to 15 days for the TMO to issue a trademark registration certificate.
On the other hand, if the trademark is rejected, there is a five-business day period for the applicant to file an appeal before the TMO once the final rejection resolution is notified to the applicant. The TMO checks its compliance with formal requirements and sends the file over to the Administrative Tribunal. Once the Administrative Tribunal receives the appeal along with the file it grants the appellant 15 business days to file arguments to support the appeal. The Tribunal then issues a ruling which finalizes the administrative process.