Registering a trademark in Suriname involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by the BIS, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will give you exclusive rights to use it in Suriname for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Suriname. Make sure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
The first step in the process is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark is not similar or identical to an existing one. The Bureau for Intellectual Property Suriname (BIS) is responsible for this process. Unfortunately, as of 2021, there's no online database available for the public to conduct this search, so you may need to contact the BIS directly.
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the BIS. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
After receiving the application, the BIS will examine it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Trademark Law. The BIS will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Once the application passes the examination, the BIS will publish the application in the Official Bulletin. This gives third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for two months from the date of publication.
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the BIS will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately SRD 750 (as of 2021). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the BIS website.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 12 to 18 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Bureau for Intellectual Property Suriname (BIS): http://www.bis.sr/