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In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with its trade obligations. The response has been mixed, with INTA voicing its disappointment and confirmed it is regrouping on the issue.
02 July 2018
The Dominican Republic's Patent and Trademark Office has ordered the cancellation of a 3D trademark representing Crocs Inc's famous clog shoe, as the mark was considered to be functional.
24 April 2018
The National Office of Industrial Property has certified an increasing number of Dominican products with a protected denomination of origin.
26 May 2016
The government of the Dominican Republic invited a small group of journalists to the country last week in an attempt to highlight what it feels are the as-yet ignored negative effects of plain packaging legislation. While officials expressed confidence that the World Trade Organisation will rule against Australia’s plain packaging regime, the government has clearly decided that public opinion matters as much as legal.
21 March 2016
<i>World Trademark Review</i> has learned of an unprecedented move by the Dominican Republic trademark office (ONAPI), which has filed suit against the country’s own Court of Appeal after it overturned an ONAPI decision regarding the registration of a trademark.
04 March 2016
The Dominican Association of Intellectual Property has asked the Supreme Court to resolve a conflict of jurisdiction created by the interpretation of the 2010 Constitution. The association wants the Supreme Court to clarify which court has jurisdiction to hear appeals from ONAPI decisions. It is concerned that it might no longer be possible to appeal such decisions to the Civil and Commercial Court of Appeals, which has become specialised in trademark matters over the years.
26 November 2015
The National Office of Industrial Property of the Dominican Republic is reviewing a formal request for the recognition of 'Dominican rum' as a denomination of origin. Recognition by the national authorities is the first step before further evaluation and recognition in other parts of the world. The Dominican Association of Rum Producers fears that the lack of protection for Dominican rum could lead to unfair competition and threaten the 'Dominican rum' brand.
07 September 2015
The customs authorities of the Dominican Republic have recently destroyed 45,986 counterfeit articles bearing the famous trademarks LOUIS VUITTON, CHANEL and LACOSTE. The articles were seized over a period of three years thanks to customs surveillance.
05 September 2014
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