Region: Dominican Republic

It’s official! GATORADE marks are the first to be declared notorious

The general director of ONAPI has confirmed that the word mark GATORADE and the ‘G and lightning bolt’ logo are notorious trademarks for goods in Class 32.

03 August 2022

Further blow for Crocs as 3D trademark registration is declared void on appeal

Crocs Inc has been dealt another blow in its dispute with Grupo Ramos (the Dominican Republic’s largest department store), with the general director of the Patent and Trademark Office confirming that Crocs’ 3D mark for its Cayman shoe design is invalid.

22 October 2021

GATORADE: first trademark to be recognised as notorious in Dominican Republic

Based on a large amount of evidence submitted by Stokely-Van Camp Inc, the Distinctive Signs Department of ONAPI has declared that the trademark GATORADE was notorious for sports beverages and water consumed during sports activities in Class 32.

25 September 2020

Island hopping in the Caribbean: the latest developments across a complex region

With no unified trademark system and a rich landscape of languages and practices, the Caribbean is a highly nuanced terrain with some potential pitfalls that brand owners and practitioners must navigate.

23 September 2020

Rising enforcement efforts show an increasing concern for IP rights in the Caribbean

Recent efforts by US Customs and Border Protection, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and INTERPOL are a stark warning to counterfeiters in the region – particularly where fake goods are linked to organised crime and terrorism.

10 September 2020

‘Dominican rum’ registered as denomination of origin

Six years after the Dominican Association of Producers of Rum first applied for the ‘Dominican rum’ denomination of origin, the National Industrial Property Office has finally granted the application. The denomination of origin has caused controversy, with certain rum producers opposing the application.

11 August 2020

Twenty counterfeiting hotspots to be aware of in Latin America

Although Asia is often seen as the centre of global counterfeiting activity, sales of fake goods are rising across Latin America. We present 20 markets in the region that are particularly problematic for brand owners.

02 January 2020

No resolution yet for long-running dispute over family name and distinctive sign

The Dominican Republic Patent Trademark Office has rejected a cancellation action lodged by Jottin Cury against the trade name Jottin Cury & Asociados. This decision is not final and an appeal has now been filed with the Civil and Commercial Court of Appeal.

02 September 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots you should be aware of in the Dominican Republic

Featured in Physical marketplace counterfeit hotspots

In a new regular series, we highlight marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods. This week, we focus on hotspots in the Dominican Republic.

17 July 2019

Where did it all go wrong in the WTO plain packaging dispute?

The World Trade Organisation’s panel report in the cases brought against Australia’s plain packaging regime is difficult reading – and some of its key arguments are without merit.

10 September 2018

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