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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES

Contracting Party of the Patent Cooperation

Treaty (PCT): YES. Due term for entry into national phase: 30 months.

Patent Law in force:

IP Law 20-00 dated May 8, 2000 (modified by Law 424-2006 dated November 20, 2006)

Types of protection available:

Patent of Invention; Utility Model.

First filing requirements with the local Patent Office for inventions made by nationals:


Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized by apostille or up to the Dominican Republic consulate within 60 days from office action.

• Assignment document from the inventors duly notarized and legalized within 60 days from office action. Not required under certain circumstances (not required for entry into national phase).

• Certified copy of priority application within 3 months from filing, together with Spanish translation from filing (not required for entry into national phase of PCT applications provided that PCT/IB304 form is available).

Filing of the patent application in a foreign language:

Accepted. Late submission of the Spanish translation is possible within 60 calendar days from office action.

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant:

YES, within 12 months from publication.

Search report must be requested by the applicant:


Observations by third parties:

YES, within 60 calendar days from publication.



Average time from filing to grant:

4 years.

Term of protection for patents:

20 years from filing date.

Term of protection for utility models:

15 years from filing date.

Differences between utility model and patent:

UM suitable for utensils, instruments, tools, apparatus, devices, or any parts or improvements thereof, but not process or use patents; chemical, metallurgic or related substance or composition products; matter excluded from protection for patent invention; lower threshold for inventive step.


Yearly also during prosecution of the application for patents. Payments for periods of 5 years for Utility models.

Marking of the product with the application/ patent number:

NOT mandatory.

Compulsory licensing:


Link to Patent Office:

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