Trademark Registration in Dominican Republic

By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) A trademark in the Dominican Republic is defined as any sign or combination of signs that may be graphically symbolized and are suitable to distinguish the products or services of a business from those of others. Although the registration of trademarks is not mandatory in the Dominican Republic, there are many […]

DR Entry in Force Niza International Classification 10th Ed.

By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) On August ninth (9th) of 2012 the National Office of Industrial Property (ONAPI) of the Dominican Republic issued the Resolution RD-116/2012 through which it informs the public of the Entering in Force of the Niza International Classification Tenth Edition. In this regard, Resolution RD-116/2012 establishes, among other items, the following: First: […]

DR Customs Intellectual Property Protection

By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) Dominican Intellectual Property Law 20-00, and Law 426-06 for the implementation of the DR-CAFTA, establishes that if the owner of intellectual property rights suspects that an import of goods in violation of its rights is being prepared, it may request a court as a preventive measure to order customs to suspend […]

DR Intellectual Property Law

By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) The Dominican Republic trademarks, copyright and patent laws provide the principal protection for intellectual property matters. Dominican Republic is a member of the WTO agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and has agreed to the minimum standards of protection and reciprocal treatment provided in this treaty, pursuant to the […]

Dominican Customs Register of Intellectual Property

 By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) The Register of Owners of Intellectual Property Rights of the Dominican General Customs Administration (DGA) was created under Resolution 01-2010 of August 4, 2010, whose purpose is to facilitate the inspection works and withholding of merchandize during customs transit affected by a presumption of violation to the intellectual property rights. Such register […]