World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Costa Rica

Population (Million): 4.81 (2012) (Rank = 117)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 53.62 (2012) (Rank = 79)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998   4,409   28.95
1999   5,088   31.33
2000   4,282   31.89
2001   4,665   32.23
2002   4,417   33.17
2003   4,509   35.29
2004   4,678   36.80
2005   4,694   38.96
2006   5,869   42.38
2007   6,544   45.75
2008       47.00
2009       46.52
2010 33 6,345 12 48.83
2011 37 7,624 18 51.00
2012 45 6,840 162 53.62
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         3 76
1999            
2000            
2001         4 76
2002         4 81
2003         64 59
2004         18 85
2005         33 74
2006         27 70
2007         32 83
2008         15 97
2009         32 78
2010 8 90 1,212 29 25 90
2011 14 89 630 40 23 100
2012 10 85 600 38 35 87
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Food chemistry 10.56
Mechanical elements 8.76
Civil engineering 8.31
Pharmaceuticals 7.42
Medical technology 7.19
Furniture, games 6.29
Other special machines 5.84
Handling 4.94
Basic materials chemistry 4.94
Transport 3.82
Others 31.93
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002         9 50
2003         9 75
2004         17 59
2005         5 71
2006         6 74
2007         10 84
2008         17 75
2009         12 78
2010     45 67 8 91
2011 1 86 37 69 17 81
2012     65 61 9 90
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005    
2006    
2007    
2008    
2009    
2010 239 71
2011 245 71
2012 313 67
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007         1 67
2008         1 67
2009            
2010 7 52 8 39    
2011 10 48 3 45 1 79
2012 6 49 4 41 1 82
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 4,370 31 5,346 50 39 59
1999 5,061 33 5,603 46 27 63
2000 4,038 46 5,961 50 244 48
2001 4,421 41 5,143 57 244 60
2002 4,248 42 5,093 54 169 73
2003 4,229 44 4,905 58 280 77
2004 4,444 44 5,006 57 234 71
2005 4,511 49 5,428 52 183 79
2006 5,398 44 6,620 43 471 84
2007 5,872 44 5,882 47 672 79
2008         768 80
2009         449 84
2010 5,767 41 5,498 41 578 87
2011 6,759 39 7,365 30 865 84
2012 6,002 39 5,893 37 838 89
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         15 63
1999         25 59
2000         79 50
2001         103 48
2002         98 68
2003         204 74
2004         196 66
2005         122 79
2006         209 95
2007         271 91
2008         520 83
2009         317 92
2010 3,462 41 3,554 50 347 95
2011 4,051 37 4,789 40 785 79
2012 3,917 42 4,902 38 498 92
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         4 46
1999            
2000            
2001         1 89
2002         4 62
2003         2 84
2004         2 86
2005         1 93
2006         6 82
2007         33 74
2008            
2009         1 101
2010 10 80 57 64 2 99
2011 18 76 52 69    
2012 21 77 48 74 141 66
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         1 46
1999            
2000         2 54
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006         2 85
2007         36 71
2008         4 92
2009            
2010     74 57 1 103
2011 2 84 100 55    
2012 9 73 119 52 57 68
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998            
1999 2 68        
2000 7 53        
2001 7 63        
2002 4 74        
2003 6 67        
2004 6 70        
2005 4 77        
2006 6 79 1 84    
2007 3 86        
2008 8 73        
2009 4 85 2 82    
2010 3 91        
2011 3 90 1 89    
2012 5 86        
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA 5 3329
BIOTECHNOLOGY DEVELOPERS, S.A. 1 12086
JAVAJIG COFFEE SOCIEDAD ANONIMA 1 12086
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001         3 63
2002         4 66
2003         27 46
2004         5 77
2005         2 82
2006         14 61
2007         11 82
2008         2 96
2009         6 90
2010     606 28 1 112
2011 2 57 617 30 5 96
2012 3 54 567 29 9 89
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 03/2014
The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from the PATSTAT database (for statistics by field of technology). Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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