TRADEMARKS

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GDP: $81,299 BILLION
IMPORTS: $24,390 BILLION
POPULATION: 10,627,165
TOTAL AREA: 48,442 KM2
CURRENCY: DOMINICAN PESO (RD$) (DOP)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH

WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO.

Patent Prosecution Highway:

Trade Mark Law in force:

Industrial Property Law 20-00.

Classification:

Nice classification, 10th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

YES.

Registrable trade marks:

All distinctive and graphically representable signs, words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices,

emblems, colours, combinations or shades of colours, three-dimensional forms, the threedimensional

form of a good or its packaging, sounds and smells.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney merely signed (no legalisation and no notarisation required) within 30 days from the official request.

• Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 3 months from the application date.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES.

Opposition period:

45 days from the publication date.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 3-4, months unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

10 years from the date of registration.

Use requirements:

YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trade mark has not been used for 3 years, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible.

Renewal terms:

6 months prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months.

Link to Trade Mark Office:

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

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