Ratification of the Hague Apostille Convention
Legalizing documents for use in Costa Rica will be much easier now.
The Legislative Assembly has enacted Law No 8923, approving the adherence of Costa Rica to the Hague Apostille Convention, formally known as the “Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents”, so the validation process of public documents executed in a State party of the Convention shall be exempt from the requirement of consular legalization, accepting instead the Apostille process. The law was published in the Official Gazette on March 8, 2011.
Costa Rica’s ratification of the Apostille convention will greatly help reduce the time and cost involved in obtaining foreign public documents for local purposes. In the IP-field, this will have particular impact in easing the requirements for filing trademark, patent and design applications as well as for matters such as recordals of changes of name or assignments among others.
It is expected that by January 2012 all the steps needed to implement and to be operating in Costa Rica for the apostilization system covered by the Convention have been completed.
Thus, if there is no objection filed by any third country, the Apostille Convention would come into force at the beginning of the next year.