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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 +
The Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office (CIIPO) Continues at an Active Pace
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 registered around 75% of the applications for registration.
According to the CIIPO website, there are currently 29 Patent and Trade Mark Agents licensed to do business before CIIPO. HSM IP Ltd. continues to lead the way in this specialist field, having filed over 40% of the new trade mark applications filed since the implementation of the new law.
Unlike applications filed under the repealed law, applications filed under the current law are examined on absolute and relative grounds and published for opposition purposes. Third parties have 60 days from the date of the publication of the application to oppose. There are no intent-to-use requirements, and, notably, there are no procedures for the revocation of a trade mark registration on grounds of non-use. However, annual fees continue to be payable on all trade marks and the payment of these fees is necessary in order to keep registered rights in good standing.
Trade marks registered under the repealed law remain in force and are treated in the same manner as national trade mark registrations at renewal under the current law. Marks registered under the repealed law continue to fall due on the previously assigned renewal date. No evidence of renewal of the corresponding UK or EU registration is required. CIIPO reviewed and published almost a 1,000 renewal applications during the period 1 August 2017 to 31 October 2019 with HSM IP Ltd. having filed over half of these renewals.
HSM IP Ltd. has a full complement of attorneys, paralegals and specialist staff ready to assist you with your trade mark and intellectual property requirements in the Cayman Islands as well as in other Caribbean and Latin American countries and beyond.