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Dominican Republic Trademark Registration 

Attorneys - Dominican Republic

My name is Jose Esteva and I'm the representative Attorney in Dominican Republic.

I'll be personally in charge of your trademark registration process.
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Your trademark registration will be processed in Dominican Republic through the following steps:

Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices

Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 3 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.


  • If I register my trademark in Dominican Republic, do I have protection in other territories?

    The territorial limit of registration is Dominican Republic.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    A power of attorney is required.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?
    • Use may demonstrate acquired distinctiveness
    • Use may help overcome an objection on the ground of non-distinctiveness
  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Attack on the ground of non-use is available.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Dominican Republic?
    • words
    • names
    • devices
    • holograms
    • smells
    • certain three-dimensional shapes
    • colors
    • slogans
    • sounds
    • trade dress/get-up
    • collective marks
    • well-known marks
    • certification marks
    • service marks
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Dominican Republic?

    The order of the application process is examination, publication, and registration.

    1. Applications are examined in respect of:
      • formalities
      • classification
      • clarity
      • descriptiveness
      • distinctiveness
      • deceptiveness
      • conflict with prior registration
      • determining whether absolute grounds for objection exist
    2. The following application details are made available to the public:
      • mark
      • name of applicant
      • application number
      • application date
      • goods/services
      • representation of trademark
  • What type of trademark is not registrable?
    • marks contrary to moral standards or public order
    • generic terms
    • names, flags or symbols of states, nations, regions, or international organizations
    • non-distinctive trademarks
    • geographic location names
    • merely descriptive terms
    • terms that infringe copyright
    • terms that are applied for in bad faith
    • terms that are contrary to any existing local law
  • Does Dominican Republic use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Dominican Republic uses the Nice Classification System.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Dominican Republic?

    Dominican Republic is not a member of the European Union. Hence, the Community Trademark is not effective in this country.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Dominican Republic?
    • If the applicant’s home country is a member of the Paris Convention.
    • If the home filing date is 6 months earlier than the filing date in Dominican Republic.
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    A trademark must be used within three years from the registration date. The amount of use must be on a commercial scale. Use of the trademark must occur in this jurisdiction.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    The initial term of a registration is 10 years calculated from the registration date.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date of a registration is 10 years from the registration grant date.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    It is illegal to use an unregistered mark for any of the following goods/services:

    • toiletries
    • pharmaceutical products
    • tobacco products
    • food and drink products
    • industrial chemical products
    • veterinary products


    Note that Sanitary Permit certificate must be accompanied by a registered trademark certificate.