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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 first use. However, filing for registration is likely to be considered as evidence of first use. First use can also be based on sales of or use of or providing of the goods in the local market, 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.
Nice classification, 9th edition (but only classes 1 to 34)
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 3 years.
Before registration the trademark is published in the “ Advertentieblad van de Republiek Suriname” (Gazette for advertisments in Suriname).
Art. 10, Royal Order fromi1912 sets out: Within 9 months after publication in the Gazette, the trademark owner who claims that he is the owner can submit a petition for invalidation of the registration.
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
Cancellation for non-use is not expressly provided in the Law. The absence of use for more than 3 years makes the trademark rights unenforceable.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The costs of SRD 500 includes filing an application inup to 3 classes. The moment the application has more than 3 classes, the IP office charges a fee of SRD 50 per additional class. There are no publication and registration fees.

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Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

Jul 30, 2019
Schurman Advocaten, Paramaribo, Suriname

Mai 03, 2017
Minino Abogados, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Schurman Advocaten, Paramaribo, Suriname

Aug 13, 2013
Schurman Advocaten, Paramaribo, Suriname

Jun 20, 2011
Schurman Advocaten, Paramaribo, Suriname

Bureau Intellectual Property, Ministry of Trade & Industry
Hendrikstraat 69
Tel +597 433 336
Contact: Kenneth Codrington