WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Hague System: NO. 

Applicable Law: 

Law 20-00 on Industrial Property, modified by Law 424-06 on Implementation of the DR-CAFTa; TRIPS; 

Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure: 

12 months. 

Multiple design applications -one application for different embodiments-available: 

YES, 20 designs maximum, provided that they relate to products belonging to the same category in the Locarno Classification. 

Formal filing requirements: 

Power of attorney, legalized up to Apostille. 60 days from Office Action.

Priority document (certified), when application.

Description of the design.

Assignment document, legalized up to Apostille. 60 days from Office Action.  

Locarno classification: 

Not part of the Lorcano Agreement, but the Locarno Classification is used in practice. 

Deferred publication: 

NO. 

Registration Proceeding Outline: 

Filing and payment of examination fees. Formal examination. Publication, upon payment of the corresponding fee. Oppositions. Substantive examination (after 6 months from filing), considering any oppositions filed. Decision. Publication of granting decision, upon payment of the corresponding fee, in order to obtain the Registration Certificate. 

Opposition: 

YES, before granting, within 30 days from the publication. Nullity action is also possible. 

Average time from filing to grant: 

8-10 months. 

Term of Protection and Maintenance: 

5 years, can be extended up to 15 years. 

Dominican Republic