• Business Names

    A business name is a name used for a business which- In the case of an individual or partnership, is different from the name(s) of the proprietor(s), and In the case of a company, is different from the company’s corporate name. All business names must be registered. It is an offence to operate a business under a business name which has not been registered. The Read More
  • Intellectual Property

    The term Intellectual property (IP) refers to the body of works which is the result of a creative human mind or intellect. IP protects the interests of creators in their works giving them property rights over their creations. IP rights are protected by national laws and international agreements – treaties and conventions. Some of the works protected by IP are: Literary, artistic and scientific works; Performances Read More
  • Patents

    What is a patent? A patent is the title given to protect an invention. This title gives the owner the exclusive rights to use, make, or sell the invention for a limited period of time. An invention is a product or a process which solves a specific problem in the field of technology. The grant of a patent provides a reward for the creator of Read More
  • Trade Marks

    What is a trade mark? A trade mark is the visible sign used to distinguish the goods (“trade mark”) or services (“service Mark”) of an enterprise. A trade mark may consist of words, designs, letters, pictures, numbers, packaging, slogans, devices or any combination of these. And a “Collective mark” is any visible sign used by a group or association of enterprises, which distinguish the origin Read More
  • Copyright

    Copyright is the exclusive property rights given to protect the creators of literary and artistic works. The aim of copyright is to promote science, culture and the arts. Copyright reward the creators of works by granting them rights, and strike a balance between these rights, and the interest of the public and entrepreneurs such as publishers, broadcasters, record companies and the like. The legal framework Read More
  • Companies

    About Companies Legal and Investment Advice Types of Company Setting up a Company Tax and Social Security Non-profit Companies External Companies International Business Companies ABOUT COMPANIES Not all businesses are companies. Many are run by sole traders or partnerships. A company is a legal person, separate from those who own or manage it. The possible benefits of operating as a company include: The people who Read More
  • Choosing A Name

    Similar rules apply to the choice of a name, whether this is being used for a company or other form of business. In short, the name must not be confusing, misleading or offensive. More precisely, a name must not be – the same as a name already on the register in Dominica, or So similar as to confuse or mislead. It must not imply a connection Read More
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Companies

Companies Regulations 1997; Companies (Amendment) Regulations 2002

Purpose/description Ordinary Company Reduced fee for Non-Profit Company
EC$ EC$
For certificate of incorporation 750 150
For restoring name of company to register 300 60
For certificate of amendment of articles 300* 60
For certificate of restated articles of incorporation 25 5
For certificate of amalgamation of two companies 750 150
each additional company 100 20
For certificate of continuance 100 20
To accompany a prospectus or statement in lieu of prospectus sent to the Registrar 100  
For an exemption under section 144 25†  
For exemption under section 150 or 154 25†  
For an uncertified copy of any document or part thereof, in addition to the fee for search under subparagraph (m) per page 1  
For certification of any document 10  
For any certificate or certification for which a fee is not provided 25  
For search 5  
For reservation of a name under section 514 25*  
For filing any document unrelated to anything for which a fee is provided above 25  
Annual Fee
Share Capital <= EC$ 49,999 200 Nill
from EC$ 50,000 <= EC$ 100,000 500
from EC$ 100,001 <= EC$200,000 700
for every additional $EC 100,000 over $EC $200,000 100

* Registrar has the discretion to waive fee
† If a fee is paid in respect of an application for exemption and the application is registered, withdrawn or abandoned, no part of the fee is returnable

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External Companies

Description Fee
EC$
For certificate of registration of a company which had paid the prescribed fee for filing under section 244 of the former Act 100
For certificate of registration in any other case 3,000
To accompany annual return 100

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Business Names

Registration of Business Names (Fees) Rules Amendment Act 2001

Description Fee
EC$
Application for registration 70
Statement of Particulars 20
Each deponent to a Statutory Declaration 10
Annual fee (Due by 2nd April every year after registration) 50
Filing of an annual return 10

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International Business Companies (IBC)

International Business Companies (IBC) Act 1996

Description Fees
Registration of a company $90 USD ($243.00 XCD)
Registration of an amendment to the memorandum or articles $50 USD ($135.00 XCD)
Registration of articles of merger or consolidation $250 USD ($675.00 XCD)
Registration of articles of arrangement $250 USD ($675.00 XCD)
Submission of articles of continuation $250 USD ($675.00 XCD)
Registration of articles of dissolution $100 USD ($270.00 XCD)
The registration of a resolution rescinding articles of dissolution $100 USD ($270.00 XCD)
Issue of a duplicate or certified copy of certificate of incorporation, merger, consolidation, arrangement, continuation, dissolution or good standing $25 USD ($67.50 XCD)
Issue of a certificate of exemption (s. 109) $100 USD ($270.00 XCD)
Issue of a copy or extract, whether or not certified, of a document or a part of a document, other than a certificate of incorporation, merger, consolidation $15 USD ($40.50 XCD)
An inspection of documents $10 USD ($27.00 XCD)
An inspection of each entry in the register of IBC $10 USD ($27.00 XCD)
The restoration of a company whose name was struck off the register $250 USD ($675.00 XCD)
For the reservation of a name (s.11(7) $25 USD ($67.50 XCD)
Submission of documents referred to in section 85(1).(1996 laws page 231) $450 USD ($1215.00 XCD)
Resubmission of documents referred to in section 85(7) (1996 laws page 232) $50 USD ($135.00 XCD)
An affidavit attesting to a company incorporated under this act continuing its incorporation under the laws of another jurisdiction. $75 USD ($202.50 XCD)
Initial registration of a copy of a share register, a register of directors or a register of mortgages $25 USD ($67.50 XCD)
Registration of a copy of a share register, a register of directors or a register of mortgages and charges showing changes from the copy of the particular register a copy of which was last registered $25 USD ($67.50 XCD)
Registration of a notice that a company has elected to cease to register a copy of a share register, a register of director or a register of mortgages and charges showing changes from the copy of the particular register a copy of which was last registered $25 USD ($67.50 XCD)
Registration of an affidavit attesting to a company incorporated under this act continuing its incorporation under the laws of another jurisdiction $75 USD ($202.50 XCD)
Registration of any document referred to in section 109b $25 USD ($67.50 XCD)
Annual fee (payable on the anniversary date of incorporation of company)
  • If the fee is not paid within 4 months of the due date the fee is increased by 10%
  • The fee payable after 4 months of the due date is increased by 50% for each period of 3 months the fee remains unpaid.
$150 USD ($405 XCD)
Apostille $15 USD ($40.50 XCD)
IBC Annual Agent Fee $250 USD ($675 XCD)

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Trademarks

Marks, Collective Marks and Trade Names Schedule 1 (Regulation 3)

The following fees shall be paid in connection with applications, registrations and other matters under the Act. Such fees must in all cases be paid before or at the time of doing the matter in respect of which they are to be paid:

Item No. Description Corresponding forms Fees EC$
1 On application for registration of a mark:
- In respect of goods or services in a single class 1 450
- In respect of goods or services in more than one class 1 450 plus 200 for each additional class
2 Applications, notifications or request to the Registrar -
(a) Request for Publication
(i) Notice of new application (regulation 19)
(A) word mark 2 100 per class
(B) combined mark/figurative element 2 150 per class
(ii) Notice of any other application (regulation 19) 2 100
(b) Request for statement of decision (regulation 65(1)) 2 100
(c) On application for alteration of address or address for service for each entry (regulation 9) 2 100
(d) On application for correction of clerical error or for permission to amend application or document (regulation 55) 2 100
(e) On application to enter change of name or description of applicant, registered owner or registered licensee for each mark (regulation 42) 2 150
(f) On application to amend or cancel entry on Registrar for each mark (regulation 55) 2 100
(g) Request to strike out goods/services for each Mark (regulation 55) 2 100
(h) Request to enter disclaimer for each Mark (regulation 55) 2 100
(i) Request to search for each mark per class (regulation 58) 2 50
(j) Request for information (CAVEAT) as to future proceedings for each mark (regulation 59(1)) 2 50
(k) Application for the certificate of the Registrar with references to the proposed assignment of a collective Mark (regulation 48) 2 100
(l) Application for certificate 2 200
(m) Any other applications, notifications or request not provided for 2 100
3 For notice of opposition (regulation 20) 3 150
4 For notice of answer to opposition (regulation 21) 4 100
5 On application for renewal of registration of a mark
(a) In respect of goods or services in a single class 5 450
(b) In respect of goods or services in more than one class 5 450 plus 200 for each additional class
Additional fee within six (6) months of the date of expiration 5 250
Additional fee for restoration of mark removed for non-payment of renewal fees 5 250
6 On application to record a transaction affecting the rights in a mark (regulations 42, 43, 44, 49 and 54) - transmission, hypothecation or attachment 6, 9, 10 100 For first mark
100 For each additional mark
Penalties for late registration of cession or transmission or transmission or a registered mark – for each period of 12 months or portion thereof 6 100
7 On application for –
Recording a licence (regulation 50) 7, 11 100 per mark
Variation of the record of licence (regulation 52) 7, 12 100 per mark
Cancellation of record of a licence (regulation 52) 7, 12 70 per mark
8 For leave to make copies of documents in respect of an application or registration 7 per page
9 For inspecting register, file or document 25
10 For photocopy of any document, per page (regulation 60) 7
11 For certification of extracts from Registrar or documents - (per document) 50
12 Refund on withdrawal of any application half of Registration/ recording fee (plus publication fee if application is unpublished)
13 Refund for excess fee Amount of excess less 10.00
14 Extension of time 150

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Patents

SCHEDULE 1
FEES(Regulation 3)

Description Fee (EC$)
For filing of an application for a patent 500
For the grant of a patent 375
For publication of a grant of a patent (according to advertisement rates) -
An application for a change of application for registration of a patent 500
For renewal of a patent
before the 2nd anniversary of filing 200
before the 3rd anniversary of filing 300
before the 4th anniversary of filing 400
before the 5th anniversary of filing 500
before the 6th anniversary of filing 600
before the 7th anniversary of filing 700
before the 8th anniversary of filing 800
before the 9th anniversary of filing 900
before the 10th anniversary of filing 1000
before the 11th anniversary of filing 1100
before the 12th anniversary of filing 1200
before the 13th anniversary of filing 1300
before the 14th anniversary of filing 1400
before the 15th anniversary of filing 1500
before the 16th anniversary of filing 1600
before the 17th anniversary of filing 1700
before the 18th anniversary of filing 1800
before the 19th anniversary of filing 2000
For making late payment of annual fee 100
For preparation of an abstract 100
For recognising the transfer of an application for a patent 25
For a registration of a contract and publication of reference to a contract in Journal 200
For transfer of a voluntary licence 200
For requesting a non-voluntary licence 1000
For examining or making extracts or copies of records in the register 5.00 (per page or any part thereof)
For a copy of a patent 10
For a certified copy of a patent of any other document 25
For a statutory licence 200
For the transfer of a statutory licence 200
For requesting that the Registrar extend the time limit for doing anything 50
For recording an address for service for a patent, or a change of address for service of a patent or a licence 50
For surrender of a patent 50
For transferring registration of a patent 50
On application for approval of the transfer of a patent 50
For filing an application for utility model certificates 300
For conversion of applications 200
For amendment of the text of drawing of patent 100
For filing international application with receiving office I. B.
For patent agent licence 750 a year

N.B: I. B. – refers to the International Bureau of WIPO

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