What Do I Need To Get Started?
As with any country, there is a set process Costa Rica has defined to register your trademark. Meléndez & Bonilla can help you move along that path, giving you the advice and information you need at each step. To get started, you will need the following information:
- The name of the trademark or the design that you want protection for
- A picture of the logo, if you are registering a graphic, that is no bigger than 10 cm by 10 cm
- The complete name and address of the business that will hold rights to the trademark
- The city, state and country where that business is headquartered
- The registration number for the business if one exists
Your Trademark Category
In Costa Rica, your trademark is established under a particular category. At Meléndez & Bonilla, we can help you determine what category your trademark should be a part of. Trademarks are categorized based on the type of product or service they represent. If your business is financial services, that is your category. There are many categories and we would be glad to assist you in determining the official category for your trademark.
Power of Attorney
Meléndez & Bonilla needs the ability to act on your behalf to register a trademark or logo for your business. To do so, a power of attorney legalized by the Costa Rica Counsel is needed. If there is no Costa Rica Counsel in your country, another Counsel can be used and we would be glad to help you accomplish that task.
There are a few pieces that need to be notarized that are critical to getting your trademark approved in Costa Rica. They are:
- A notarized copy of the constitution of the company
- A notarized document from the company’s lawyer that states that whoever signed the power of attorney agreement has the legal power to do so on behalf of the organization.
- A notarized copy of the registration of your trademark in your own country, if you have trademarked it there.
If you haven’t, a notarized document stating that your company has the rights to the item you are trade marking is necessary.
Meléndez & Bonilla will help you along every step of the way and assembling these documents and pieces of information will set you on the path to an expedient registration process for your trademark. We invite you to visit our Costa Rican Trademark Procedure page or to contact us directly for further information on what exactly needs to be done with your assembled material to protect your business trademark.