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 +

18/11/2016 | hsmoffice

Intellectual Property Caribbean Association’s Annual General Meeting

Huw Moses and Sophie Davies of HSM IP attended Intellectual Property Caribbean Association’s (IPCA) 2nd AGM held at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay on 12 November 2016.  Huw Moses chaired the meeting, which was well attended by 30 representatives from Read more +

18/11/2016 | hsmoffice

IP basics to the Caymanian Bar Association

Sophie Davies delivered a presentation focusing on IP basics to the Caymanian Bar Association on 27 October 2016.  The session was attended by PPC Students, Articled Clerks and Newly Qualified Lawyers (up to 3 years PQE) amongst others.

18/11/2016 | hsmoffice

HSM IP Presents at the Anti-Money Laundering / Compliance & Financial Crime Conference

Sophie Davies spoke on the “Unlikely Yet Lucrative Relationship between Money Laundering and Intellectual Property” at Global Compliance Solutions’ 12th Annual Anti-Money Laundering / Compliance & Financial Crime Conference held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Cayman Islands, on 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will also have discretion under the new law to reclassify specifications previously classified in accordance with the outdated system previously in place, after giving notice to the trade mark proprietor.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.