IMPORTS: $24,390 BILLION
TOTAL AREA: 48,442 KM2
CURRENCY: DOMINICAN PESO (RD$) (DOP)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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:
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: