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Legal basis is the Industrial Property Law 20-00 of May 8th, 2000, modified by the Law 424-06 of November 20, 2006.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 10th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as 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 and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks, collective marks, certification marks, trade names and titles of establishment.
The application is filed at the trademark department of the “Oficina Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial (ONAPI)”.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A power of attorney simply signed is sufficient.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, examination of inherent registrability (absolut grounds), examination of availability for registration (relative grounds).
The processing time from first filing approval for publication or first office action is approx. 1 month.
After the approval for publication, the trademark is published in a nationwide journal.
The opposition period is 45 days from publication date of the trademark.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months from the expiration date of the trademark. The mark remains in full force during the grace period.

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A registered trademark may be cancelled at the request of any interested party if it has not been used within the country during 3 consecutive years prior to the cancellation request, which cannot be filed within the first 3 years of registration.

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The official fee for filing a trademark application is DOP 4,735 for one class and DOP 3,575 for each additional class. The publication fee is DOP 1,000 for one class. The official registration fee is DOP 2,000 for the first class and DOP 2,000 for additional class.

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Bermeo & Bermeo - Latin America IP

Dr. Rodrigo Bermeo Rosales

Dr. Rodrigo Bermeo Rosales
Tel. +1 (646) 797 3070

Bermeo & Bermeo is a firm oriented to international clients doing business in Latin America. Services range from filing patents and trademarks all over Latin America as if it were a single jurisdiction to corporate practice such as establishing subsidiaries and product regulation compliance.

Their IP department has been singled out as “among the best in the area, offering excellent service and timely responses.” Clients have mentioned that the firm is “capable, knowledgeable and an expert on the different areas of IP.” Clients range from prominent startup companies to Fortune 500 multinationals.

The firm established 65 years ago manages the oldest trademark portfolios and has been for years a leading firm in Ecuador and Latin America with utmost reputation. With a top of the notch database, docketing system and communication technology, Bermeo renders quality legal services being able to adapt to each of the clients’ needs.

Dr. Rodrigo Bermeo Rosales (Partner) has more than 30 years of experience in the legal field. Rodrigo Bermeo-Andrade, LLM has education and work experience in the US and is licensed to practice in New York and Ecuador. Pablo Bermeo-Andrade is licensed to practice in New York, Argentina and Ecuador. Everyone at Bermeo Law Firm is bilingual and are team workers ready to immerse in new matters.

Oficina Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial National Office of Industrial Property (ONAPI)
Av. Los Próceres No.11
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

Tel +1 809 567 7474
Fax +1 809 732 7758