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Since the implementation of the Cayman Islands Trade Marks Law 2016 on 1 August 2017, more than 1,000 trade mark applications have been filed under the new regime. Impressively, the Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office (CIIPO) has already approved or Read more +
HSM’s Senior IP Associate, Sophie Peat, has been recognised as a Rising Star for the Cayman Islands (Caribbean) in the 2019/20 edition of IP Stars – Rising Stars. This special recognition by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) recognises the top practitioners Read more +
Sophie Peat (HSM’s Senior Intellectual Property Associate) shares details on Cayman’s Data Protection Law with International Trademark Association (INTA). The Data Protection Law, 2017 (the Law) came into force in the Cayman Islands on September 30, 2019. The Law fills Read more +
Click here to read HSM IP’s Cayman Islands 2019 Trade Mark Guide and find out all you need to know about trade marks in the Cayman Islands! The International Legal Comparative Guide (ICLG) to Trade Marks is now in its eighth 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will also have discretion under the new law to reclassify specifications previously classified in accordance with the outdated system previously in place, after giving notice to the trade mark proprietor.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.