Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:20

New Requirement for Patent and Trademark Applicants Acting as de facto Officers

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On November 10, 2014, the Costa Rican Patent and Trademark Office (CRPTO) issued Directive Number DRPI- 004-2014, which includes a new requirement for patent and trademark applicants acting as de facto officers.  

According to the Costa Rican regulations, when a de facto officer is admitted to act on behalf of a legal entity (an organization such as a corporation, university, nonprofit organization, or governmental agency), it must comply with article 286 of the Civil Procedure Code. Such article establishes that it is necessary to prove the actual existence of the legal entity.  

Following this regulation, the CRPTO now requires that in order to demonstrate the existence of the legal entity, a registration certificate or a notarial certificate of the incorporation must be filed as evidence, duly legalized by apostille. In case the certification needed is not filed with the application, the examiner will grant a period of ten business days to comply. Failure to fulfill such requisite will render the patent or trademark application abandoned. 

 

CRTO Launches New Trademark Search Tools 

In an effort to provide users with more access to its databases and simplify the process, the Costa Rican Trademark Office has recently implemented two new services on its website.  

Chronological File Search: related to trademarks and other distinctive signs, at no cost to the user. This services allows the user to review the history of the trademark file within the Trademark Office own database, using the filing application number.  

Graphical Search of Trademarks: this service adds  an important new search possibility for the Trademark Office database users, who often wish to see if a trademark or logo is already registered or pending. The search results will show all those distinctive signs that contain the denominative part indicated in the search. The results include file number, international class, owner and filing status. This service is available for a fee. 

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Our partner Luis Pal Hegedus attended the XVIII ASIPI (Inter- American Association of Intellectual Property) Work Sessions and Administrative Council in Mexico D.F. from November 30th to December 3rd 2014. The meetings included high level conferences, business networking and the celebration of ASIPI's 50th anniversary. 

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