The law on marks is Law Number 15 of 2001 covering marks for goods and services. This Marks Law adopts a first-to-file principle in which the State grants the right of mark to a person who has registered his or her mark at DGIPR.
A mark cannot be registered for some following reasons:
·The applicant has a bad faith;
·The mark being contrary to public order, morality and the existing law;
·The mark has no differences;
·The mark has been in a public domain;
·The mark is a description to the goods or services;
·The mark has a similarity in principle or in its entirety to the other registered mark for the same goods;
·The mark has a similarity in principle or in its entirety to a well-known mark for the same of goods;
·The mark has a similarity in principle or in its entirety to a well-known geographical indication;
·The mark is the name of a famous person;
·The mark is similar to the name or abbreviation, flag, logo, symbol of the state or national institution or international institution; and
·The mark is similar to the sign or stamp or official stamp used by of the state or government institution.