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10/05/2017 | hsmoffice

VISIT HSM IP AT STAND #B11 AT INTA’S 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

Join HSM IP at INTA in Barcelona, Spain from 21 – 24 May at stand #B11 in the Exhibition Hall.  We would love to meet you and update you on exciting legislative developments in the Caribbean, answer your questions about Read more +

26/04/2017 | hsmoffice

HSM IP Participates in World Intellectual Property Day

HSM IP’s Attorney Sophie Davies participated in World Intellectual Property Day celebrations on Wednesday April 26, 2017. Ms. Davies joined in a public forum in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office. She answered questions from members of the Read more +

03/04/2017 | hsmoffice

HSM IP Presents INTA’s Unreal Campaign to JGHS Students

HSM IP’s Attorney Sophie Davies and Head IP Paralegal Natasha Whitelocke presented the International Trademark Association’s (“INTA”) Unreal Campaign to a group of students at John Gray High School at a morning assembly held on Monday, 3 April 2017. The Read more +

12/12/2016 | hsmoffice

Cayman passes its first Design Rights Registration Law and amends its Patents and Trade Marks Law 2011

On 16 November 2016, the Cayman Islands Government passed two IP laws: (1) The Design Rights Registration Law, 2016 and (2) The Patents and Trade Marks (Amendment) Law, 2016.  Copies of the laws were published with Gazette No. 25 dated Read more +

A New Trade Mark Law in the British Virgin Islands

A new Trade Marks Act is scheduled to come into effect in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on 1 September 2015, ending the current dual filing system currently in place for trade marks.  It will therefore no longer be possible to register marks in the BVI on the basis of an existing UK registration.  Under the new law there will be provision for the registration of service marks and specifications drafted in accordance with the latest version of the Nice Classification will be accepted by the Registry.  The Registrar will also have discretion under the new law to reclassify specifications previously classified in accordance with the outdated system previously in place, after giving notice to the trade mark proprietor.  However, at this stage it is difficult to predict to what extent this discretion will be exercised.  Other changes include the shortening of the 14 year renewal period to 10 years, and the introduction of Paris Convention priority being accepted.