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HSM IP and Sophie Peat have been recognised in the 2021 edition of IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property (IP). These 2021 rankings cover more than 80 jurisdictions and HSM IP is listed as a recommended firm in the Caribbean. Read more +
Many local businesses ask “Why should I file a trade mark in the Cayman Islands?” especially where there has been longstanding use of a mark in the Islands. Whilst unregistered rights acquired through use may be protectable under the common Read more +
HSM IP has once again contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to Trade Marks. Click here to read our Cayman Islands 2021 Trade Mark chapter. The International Legal Comparative Guide (ICLG) to Trade Marks is now in its Read more +
Our firm is thrilled to be recommended once again by Chambers and Partners in their new Global (Caribbean-Wide) Intellectual Property 2021 Guide. HSM IP is listed in their top tier, band 1 ranking. This recognition highlights our ability to successfully handle 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will also have discretion under the new law to reclassify specifications previously classified in accordance with the outdated system previously in place, after giving notice to the trade mark proprietor.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.