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Suriname (SR)

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Legal basis of the present Suriname legislation on trademarks is based on a Royal Order from 1912 (Regulations on the Factory and Trade Marks in the Colonies and the Aid Office for Industrial property).
This Law had been modified by the decree C‐81 of August 31, 1984. The original Law refers to the Old Dutch Trademark Law (Merkenrecht) of 1893. The present Trademark law for Suriname is highly similar to the trademark statute that was in force in the Netherlands before the Benelux Trademark law was adopted in 1969.
Suriname is not a Member of the Madrid Agreement or Protocol.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. An unregistered trademark may be protected due to prior use.
Suriname follows the first-to-use system. First use can be based on sales of or use of or providing of the goods in the local market. First use can also be based on advertising of the goods in local or international media which are published or sold in Suriname or of which broadcasts can be received in Suriname. Proof of first use or intent to use is not required for registration of a mark.
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It is not possible to register for services in Suriname.
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, colours or shades of colors, three-dimensional forms of a good or its packaging. Sound marks and smell marks are not registrable so far.
Collective marks are not registrable.
The application is filed at the “Bureau Intellectuele Eigendom”
Multiple class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A power of attorney is required. It is mandatory to submit an original power.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic (primary) registration.
The application process includes a formal examination an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. The processing time from first filing to registration is approximately 18 months.
Before registration the trademark is published in the “ Advertentieblad van de Republiek Suriname” (Gazette for advertisments in Suriname).
National:
The opposition period is 6 months after publication of the registration in the Advertentieblad Republiek Suriname.
A trademark is valid for 10 years from the date of registration. The registration is renewable for further periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months after the due date.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
There are no use requirements for Suriname.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The registration fee is SRD 200.

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Practical details on licensing procedures, requirements and effectiveness are available in our publication on this topic here.
Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

Country Survey
08-13-2013
Schurman Advocaten, Paramaribo, Suriname

06-20-2011
Schurman Advocaten, Paramaribo, Suriname



Bureau Intellectual Property, Ministry of Justice and Police
Mr. J. Lachmonstraat no. 167
Paramaribo
Suriname
Tel +597 433 272/+597 498 933
Fax +597 531 491
Mail info.bie@juspol.gov.sr
Contact: Mrs. Nadia Rostam