Registration of non-traditional trademarks in the Dominican Republic

01-10-2012

Sharin Pablo de Roca

With the implementation of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement came a series of amendments in November 2006 to Industrial Property Law 20-00.

With the implementation of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) came a series of amendments in November 2006 to Industrial Property Law 20-00, including Article 72, which now includes non-traditional marks within the definition of signs that may be registered as trademarks.

Among the list of signs defined by Article 72 we find: words, fantasy designations, names, pseudonyms, commercial slogans, letters, numbers, monograms, figures, portraits, labels, shields, patterns, emblems, borders, lines and bands, combinations and arrangement of colours, three-dimensional shapes, sounds and scents.

According to Article 72, nontraditional trademarks may be registered in the Dominican Republic, as long as they comply with the graphic representation requirement established by Article 70 of the law, as a constituent element of the definition of trademark.


CAFTA, non-traditional trademarks, article 72, sound marks, motion marks, ONAPI

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