Trademark law treaty now a reality

01-02-2012

Sharin Pablo de Roca

The Trademark Law Treaty was recently ratified by the Dominican Republic as a complement to the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement.

The Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) adopted on October 27, 1994, at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conference in Geneva, was recently ratified by the Dominican Republic as a complement to the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). The treaty was ratified on September 13, 2011 and entered into full effect on December 13, 2011.

In doing so, the Dominican Republic has joined 49 other countries that, as signatories to the TLT, have modified their legal systems in order to simplify the requirements and registration procedures for trademarks. The purpose of the treaty is to streamline and harmonise the administrative procedures for national applications and the protection of trademarks.

The treaty does not deal with the substantive parts of trademark law concerning the registration of marks but, rather, simplifies national and regional trademark registration procedures while, at the same time, eliminating formal requirements that are considered to be unnecessary obstacles in the registration process.


TLT adoption, DR-CAFTA

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