IMPORTS: $16.8 BILLION
POPULATION: 10,41 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 48,442 Km2
CURRENCY: PESO (DOP)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Hague System: NO
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:
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.
Not part of the Lorcano Agreement, but the Locarno Classification is used in practice however
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.
Yes. Before granting, within 30 days from the publication. Nullity action is also available.
Average time from filing to grant:
Term of Protection and Maintenance:
5 years from the filing date. Can be extended for 2 consecutive periods of 5 years. Grace period available.