Registering a trademark in the Dominican Republic involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by ONAPI, 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 the Dominican Republic 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 the Dominican Republic. 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 National Office of Industrial Property (ONAPI) of the Dominican Republic provides a database that you can use for this search. Access the database at this link: https://www.onapi.gob.do/
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with ONAPI. 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, ONAPI will examine it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Trademark Law. ONAPI will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Once the application passes the examination, ONAPI 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 45 days from the date of publication.
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, ONAPI 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 DOP 2,000 (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 ONAPI website.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 10 to 12 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
National Office of Industrial Property (ONAPI): https://www.onapi.gob.do/