Collective marks are signs used to distinguish a product or service originating from a group of people, while guarantee marks (or certification marks) enable the owner to certify some characteristics of specific products or services (i.e. their quality, nature or methodology).
In Uruguay, it is possible to register both collective marks and guarantee marks. Besides regular trademark registration requirements, a copy of the regulations governing the use of the collective/guarantee mark (conditions of use of the mark including sanctions, persons authorized, mem- bership specifications, etc.) must be attached to the application.
Likewise, companies intending to operate under a certifi- cation mark in Uruguay will need a previous authorisation granted by a certified body such as UNIT.