Law 20-00 dated May 10th, 2000, governs trademark registration in the Dominican Republic. The right to exclusive use of a trademark is acquired by means of its registration before the National Office of Industrial Property (ONAPI).
Our legislation allows the registration of words, word and designs, figurative marks, three-dimensional trademarks, certification and collective trademarks, as well as sound and smell trademarks. Trademarks are protected for a period of 10 years from the date of the registration, with the possibility for successive renewals. The application for renewal of the mark may be filed 6 months before the expiry of the registration or within 6 months after the expiry of the registration (late filing).
The entire process can take between 3 and 4 months, which includes the filing of the application until the issue of the original registration certificate, so long as no opposition action is filed contesting the application.
The trademark registration allows the owner to sell the trademark, franchise and license, increase the value of the company’s intangible assets and reduce the possibility that third parties infringe the rights of the titleholder.
In J Adames & Asociados we can advise on how best to protect your trademarks.