DESIGNS

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GDP: $64,14 BILLION
IMPORTS: $16.8 BILLION
POPULATION: 10,41 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 48,442 Km2
CURRENCY: PESO (DOP)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Hague System: NO

Applicable Law:

Law No. 20-00 on Industrial Property, modified by Law No. 424-06 on Implementation of the DR-CAFTa;
TRIPS; not member of Lorcano convention, although the classification is applicable

Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure:

12 months

Multiple design applications -one application for different embodiments- available:

Yes. 20 designs maximum, provided that they relate to products belonging to the same category in the Locarno Classification.

Formal filing requirements:

Power of attorney, legalised by means of the Apostille. Priority document, when application. Description in the form provided by the Invention Department. Assignment of the Design, duly legalised by means of the apostille.

Locarno classification:

Not part of the Lorcano Agreement, but the Locarno Classification is used in practice however

Deferred publication:

No

Registration Proceeding Outline:

Filing and payment of examination fees. Formal examination. Publication, upon payment of the corresponding fee. Oppositions. Substantive examination (after 6 months from filing), considering any oppositions filed. Decision. Publication of granting decision, upon payment of the corresopnding fee, in order to obtain the Registration Certificate.

Opposition:

Yes. Before granting, within 30 days from the publication. Nullity action is also available.

Average time from filing to grant:

8-10 months

Term of Protection and Maintenance:

5 years from the filing date. Can be extended for 2 consecutive periods of 5 years. Grace period available.

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