The Trade Marks Law of Dominica currently provides either for the registration of granted UK Marks or for applications for registration of local (substantive) applications.

We have recently learnt that a new Act, called "Marks, Collective Marks and Trade Names Act of 1999" will come into operation on 01 February 2009. We understand that under this new Act abolishes the dual system of local applications, and applications based on existing UK marks. It will no longer be possible to base an application in Dominica on an existing UK registration, however, the new Act adopts the International Classification (currently the pre-1938 Classification of Goods applies to all substantive applications), and allows for the registration of service marks.

We have requested a copy of the new law from the Dominican Trade Marks Office and we will report more fully on the main implications of the new law once we have received and reviewed it. In the meantime, if you have any question on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.