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 Madrid System: NO.
Patent Prosecution Highway:
Trade Mark Law in force:
Industrial Property Law 20-00.
Nice classification, 10th edition.
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.
Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.
Relative grounds for refusal: YES.
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.
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.
6 months prior to renewal date.
Grace period: 6 months.