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 Trinidad & Tobago is in the works


A new Trade Marks Law is hoped to come into effect in Trinidad & Tobago was assented to in June 2015, but it is unclear when it will be implemented. Trinidad’s current trade marks law is already well developed, but the new law makes further welcomed modernisations.

In particular, once the new law is implemented, Trinidad will become one of the few Caribbean countries to accede to the Madrid Protocol and consequently it will be possible to designate Trinidad as part of an International Registration or base an International Registration on a Trinidad base application/registration.

Other changes include: further rights and remedies for the owners of well-known trade marks; a longer non-use period (the current period of 3 years from registration will be increased to 5 years from registration); associated trade marks will be no more; collective trade marks will be introduced; and specifications will be examined in accordance with the latest version of the Nice Classification.