Statistical Country Profiles

Costa Rica

Population (Million): 4.91 (2017)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 76.16 (2017)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark

Industrial Design

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2008

 

 

 

56.85

2009

 

 

 

56.30

2010

33

7,156

12

59.09

2011

37

7,996

18

61.63

2012

45

7,709

531

64.59

2013

72

 

152

66.06

2014

49

6,840

15

68.38

2015

67

7,613

13

70.86

2016

58

8,196

27

73.81

2017

82

9,158

19

76.16

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

15

2009

 

 

32

2010

8

606

25

2011

14

630

23

2012

10

600

35

2013

21

582

51

2014

16

552

33

2015

17

584

50

2016

9

496

49

2017

19

504

63

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

16

2009

 

 

12

2010

 

45

8

2011

1

37

17

2012

 

65

9

2013

 

106

12

2014

1

113

14

2015

1

129

12

2016

3

64

16

2017

2

188

16

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2008

 

2009

 

2010

239

2011

245

2012

313

2013

417

2014

518

2015

635

2016

678

2017

834

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

1

2009

 

 

 

2010

7

8

 

2011

10

3

1

2012

6

4

1

2013

3

7

2

2014

5

4

1

2015

8

4

1

2016

18

2

 

2017

12

2

1

 

Trademark

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

976

2009

 

 

741

2010

6,406

6,229

750

2011

6,759

7,365

1,237

2012

6,503

7,677

1,206

2013

 

 

1,464

2014

5,120

7,241

1,720

2015

5,985

7,615

1,628

2016

6,797

7,376

1,399

2017

7,902

6,503

1,256

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

831

2009

 

 

529

2010

4,720

4,845

455

2011

4,591

5,597

1,207

2012

4,286

6,313

845

2013

 

 

864

2014

3,385

5,823

1,856

2015

3,621

6,015

1,045

2016

4,427

7,217

1,098

2017

4,841

5,694

1,060

 

Industrial Design

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

 

2009

 

 

1

2010

10

57

2

2011

18

52

 

2012

21

48

510

2013

25

57

127

2014

7

40

8

2015

10

48

3

2016

17

47

10

2017

5

47

14

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

4

2009

 

 

 

2010

 

74

1

2011

2

100

 

2012

9

119

129

2013

9

84

511

2014

19

46

507

2015

3

31

5

2016

3

24

1

2017

13

37

1

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2008

8

 

 

2009

4

2

 

2010

3

1

 

2011

4

 

 

2012

5

 

 

2013

11

 

 

2014

12

2

 

2015

6

 

 

2016

4

1

 

2017

10

 

 

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

2

2009

 

 

6

2010

 

606

1

2011

2

617

5

2012

3

567

9

2013

2

565

16

2014

1

529

4

2015

7

562

21

2016

1

476

11

2017

 

495

21

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2015

2016

2017

ESTABLISHMENT LABS S.A.

 

 

4

CORPORACION YANBER S.A.

 

 

1

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2015

2016

2017

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 12/2018

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. 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 European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) 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.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.