29/06/2020 | hsmoffice

New Trinidad & Tobago Trade Marks Law Implemented 25 June 2020

The long-awaited Trade Marks Act, No. 8 of 2015, (‘the New Act’) and accompanying Trade Marks Regulations, 2020, (‘the Regulations’) came into effect in Trinidad and Tobago on 25 June 2020. The Act was originally passed in June 2015, but Read more +

29/05/2020 | hsmoffice

Caribbean and Latin American IP Filings on the Rise Again amid COVID-19

With many Intellectual Property (IP) media sources citing a reduction in the number of IP filings since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, HSM IP is pleased to report that in May 2020 we saw a rise Read more +

30/04/2020 | hsmoffice

CIIPO Operations COVID-19 Update and Annual Fee Extension

The Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office (CIIPO) is working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis and as a way to assist brand owners, has extended the deadline for the payment of 2020 annual fees for IP rights to 30 June 2020 Read more +

26/04/2020 | hsmoffice

HSM IP’s Green Plea for World Intellectual Property Day 2020

Sunday, 26 April 2020 marks the 20th World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, with the theme this year being “Innovate for a Green Future”.   Every IP practitioner will, at one time or another, experience the administrative burden of preparing, executing, 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Unlike applications filed under the repealed law, applications filed under the current law are examined on absolute and relative grounds and published for opposition purposes.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.