Dominican Republic JJ Roca & Asociados

JJ Roca & Asociados was established in 1998 in the city of Santo Domingo de Guzman, the capital and financial hub of the Dominican Republic. Roca is a general practice firm that carries out its work throughout the country and channels assistance in other parts of Latin America, especially the Caribbean.

With an atmosphere of teamwork, commitment, passion, responsibility and ethical values, the entire team at Roca is committed to providing clients with exceptional service. Through the combination of size, diversity of structure, commitment, integrity and experience of our members, we guarantee a personalised, trustworthy and cost-effective legal service.

The firm’s IP practice was started within the corporate area. Its growth and success marked the creation of a team and structure focused on the defence and monitoring of IP rights.

Team members not only concentrate on the protection of IP rights, but are also actively involved in the monitoring of changes to the legal framework, including national laws and international treaties, through the most prestigious associations. Our team works on leading IP issues in the Dominican Republic as well as in organisations and committees permanently addressing these issues worldwide.

Our IP department is well known for managing:

  • due diligence, counselling, auditing and management of trademark portfolios;
  • invention strategy such as registration, renewals, processing and maintenance of patents, utility models and industrial designs;
  • the copyright and entertainment industry, where our team advises a wide range of clients in the entertainment and communications industry, including best-selling authors and composers;
  • health permits and regulatory issues; and
  • transactional counselling and IP litigation.

Roca represents a diverse range of companies. We have represented small entrepreneurs to multinational companies listed in the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, with sales of over $30 trillion, operations in over 50 countries and distributions in over 180 countries, in the registration and protection of the trademark portfolios in the Dominican Republic and in the Caribbean, and in the preparation of their IP strategy for the launching of new products on the market. Roca has assisted a bank from one of the 25 largest corporations in the United States, with a capital of $1.3 trillion, in the registration and illegitimate use of its name.

Roca has protected the trademarks of one of the leading companies in product and technology retail, according to Fortune magazine. We have also represented and assisted multinational corporations, including one of the largest food producers in Puerto Rico, an important motorcycle manufacturer in India, a major manufacturer of electronic storage and integrated circuit devices, a premier medical technology and services company, two of the most important cosmetics companies in the United States and an internationally renowned footwear company, in the registrations and renewals of their trademark portfolio in the Caribbean and several countries in Latin America. As a pro bono case, we represented a Christian ministry in the Dominican Republic in the negotiation of the assignment of the IP rights for the composition of songs that have been included in an album for its praise and worship ministry, among others.

According to the proportions of the Dominican market, Roca is a mid-sized firm that has served more than 50% of the most important Dominican companies, including banks, industries, agro industries, telecommunications service providers and representative agents, as well as entrepreneurs, individuals, authors, start-up companies, mid-sized businesses and non-profit institutions.

Roca’s attorneys counsel their clients in different corporate processes in order to maximise their intangible IP assets. Team members also work closely with the litigation group on matters related to trademark disputes, infringement of IP and copyright laws and in cases of patent violations.

Contact details

JJ Roca & Asociados
El Vergel Street 45
JA Roca Suero Building
El Vergel
Santo Domingo 10107
Dominican Republic

T: +1 809 567 6771

Professional contacts

Sharin Pablo de Roca, Partner

Jaime Roca, Managing partner

Ana Paula Campusano, Associate

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