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Okt 01, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 14/13)
Costa Rica
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Regulatory Authority for Certification Marks

In addition to the examination that all trademark must go through - namely an assessment of their distinctiveness, descriptiveness and likeliness of confusion with other trademarks-certification marks must also be examined by the applicable regulatory authorities. Up to July 31, 2013, many certification marks were being rejected by the TMO on the ground that the regulations lacked the approval of a local competent authority.
Now, the Trademark Office (TMO) appointed the Costa Rican Entity for Accreditation (ECA) as the authority having jurisdiction to approve certification mark regulations.

Source: Zurcher Lawyers, Costa Rica and FH Legal, Costa Rica