WIPO-administered Treaties: 

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO. 

Trade Mark Law in force: 

Industrial Property Law 20-00. 

Classification: 

Nice classification, 10th edition. 

Multiclass Applications: 

YES. 

Registrable trademarks: 

All distinctive and graphically representable signs, words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices,emblems, colours, combinations or shades of colours, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional 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 office action.
  • 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 trademark 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/ 

Dominican Republic