TRADEMARKS

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 Madrid System: NO

Trademark Law in Force:

Industrial Property Law 20-00

Classification:

Nice classification, 10th edition

Multiclass Applications:

YES

Registrable Trademarks:

all distinctive and graphically representable signs, words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices,
emblems, colors, combinations or shades of colors, three-dimensional forms, the threedimensional
form of a good or its packaging, sounds and smells.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney merely signed (no legalization and no notarization required) within 60 days from filing date.
• Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 3 months from application date.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES
Relative grounds for refusal: YES

Opposition period:

45 days from publication date.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 6 months unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

10 years from the date of registration.

Use requirements:

YES. The cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for a time period of 5 years, counting from the date of registration. (Partial cancellation possible)

Grace period for renewal:

6 months

Link to Trademark Office:

http://www.onapi.gov.do/

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