THE DOMINICAN ASSOCIATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (ADOPI), INCORPORATED BY DECREE NO.34-97 OF DATE 22 JANUARY 1997, IS AN ORGANIZATION WITHOUT A PURPOSE OF PROFIT CONCERNED BY THE STUDY, DISSEMINATION AND PROMOTION OF THE RESPECT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
The creation of ADOPI arises as a result of the interest of a group of lawyers practicing in the area, before the imminent amendment to the laws that regulated the different areas of intellectual property, due to the ratification by the country of the Agreement on Property Rights Intellectual Property Convention (TRIPS) of 20 January 1995.
Since its formation, ADOPI has been actively involved in the process of aligning Dominican legislation with the minimum standards of protection required by the TRIPS Agreement. In fact, there was much that needed to be modified, especially in the area of industrial property, as the Invention Patent Act was in force in 1911 and the one governing trademarks and trade names was 1937.
While Copyright Law was more recent (from 1986), also needed to conform to the commitments assumed by the country. With the advice of international consultants and after extensive discussions between the public sector and the private sector, within which ADOPI played a fundamental role, Laws 20-00 on Industrial Property were promulgated on May 8, 2000 and 65-00 on Copyright, on August 21, 2000. Likewise, ADOPI contributed with the elaboration of the regulation of application of Law 20-00 on Industrial Property, voted by Decree No.599-01 dated June 1, Of 2001.
ADOPI’s objectives include promoting legal studies for the effective protection of intellectual property in the Dominican Republic, contributing to the education and training of legal professionals, judges, administrative employees and students in this area, As well as to advise the public on the proper protection of the rights derived from trademarks, trade names, patents, utility models, industrial designs, trade secrets, copyright, defense of competition, among others.