Trademark Registration Dominican Republic is one of WDALAW’s preferred market. New legislature on Intellectual Property (law 20-00 of May 2000 on industrial property and 65-00 of August 2000 on copyrights)
has been enacted in order to comply with provisions of the agreement signed by countries with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Aspects (TRIPS). Ever since the enacting of these laws, a remarkable change on protection system for trademarks has been accomplished. For instance, with the adoption of the Niza´s International Classification of Goods that gives a wider and greater protection to registered trademarks and eliminates the limited scope of former local classification with 70 classes of products.
Trademark Registration Dominican Republic
Moreover, the creation of National Office for Industrial Property (by law 20-00), has started the modernization of the trademark computer system and has incorporated the technology needed to expedite the process as from clearance search until possible administrative conflicts which might arise from the application in question. We are a team of intellectual property lawyers committed to your success when registering trademarks in the Dominican Republic.
Trademark Registration Dominican Republic: Trademarks and Tradenames
We offer complete trademark registration in the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Registration of trademarks in Dominican Republic grants trademark owner the exclusive rights of prohibiting any use by third parties of the registered trademark, except for the cases when use by third parties is legitimate and made as a consequence of any trade relation started by the owner of the trademark direct or indirectly when the product is put in the local or international market as long as product or good has suffered no alteration or modification whatsoever.
Trade names are protected by law 20-00 and its rights are originated not for the registration but for the first use in commerce. Protection is granted even when not registered but is eliminated upon the abandonment of the trade name which takes place when no use of the trade name in question has been made for the last5 years.
Registration applications may be filed with the National Office of Industrial Property. Registration is granted for a period of ten years, renewable for consecutive ten-year periods. Renewal applications must provide proof of use of the trademark along with a Declaration of Use or Non-use based on the provisions of Act 20-00 on Industrial Property Documents required to file a trademark or trade name application
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