Dominican Republic

Please contact our LAM-office for more information about our services in Dominican Republic:

React Latin America
O´Higgins 2062, 4th Floor
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
T +5411 4896 2751
Contact: Ms Estela de Luca
latinamerica@react.org


In the Dominican Republic, several actions can be taken against counterfeit products that are being imported, exported or commercialized in the local market.  With regards to imported and exported counterfeit merchandise, in compliance with border measures procedures established in the Law, the Custom Authorities may retain all imported or in transit merchandise suspicious of infringing trademark and author rights.

Our services in Dominican Republic

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlements
  • Appearing in hearings in enforcement procedures
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing civil complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Drafting and filing preliminary injunctions
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Follow up out-of-court procedures (C&D-letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Handling court proceedings (criminal or civil in all their instances)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing the transportation, storage, destruction and, wherever possible, the recycling of counterfeit products
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Representing Members at training sessions

Country Procedures

  • Customs application available, not mandatory
  • Customs application is valid for 2 years as from registration date
  • No simplified procedure (however: the procedure is relatively simple and fast)
  • Customs will act ex officio
  • Deadline for response to Customs after notification of detention is 10 days
  • The deadline for importer to respond to seizure is not foreseen by law. It is possible that the importer requests the return of the merchandise. If this petition is rejected, the judicial instance would be available
  • Local authorities tasked with taking criminal action against infringers: Customs, General Attorney´s Office, Judge
  • Remedies available under law: imprisonment and fine
  • Proof of knowledge of counterfeiting is not required
  • Contributory liability remedy, interim injunctions, damages and costs are all available