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13/01/2023 | hsmoffice

IP Reform on the Horizon for Bermuda

As Intellectual Property (IP) specialists in the Caribbean, HSM IP is thrilled to hear that the Bermuda Government is making efforts to update its intellectual property laws. Vance Campbell (Minister for Bermuda Tourism and the Cabinet Office) recently shared in Read more +

25/11/2022 | hsmoffice

HSM IP Attends IPCA AGM 2022

Kate Cleary (HSM IP Paralegal) attended the International Property Caribbean Association (IPCA) 2022 Annual General Meeting on 19 November in Miami, Florida. It was great connect with other IP practitioners across the Caribbean. IPCA exists to promote IP rights in Read more +

16/08/2022 | hsmoffice

HSM IP Recognised as IP Stars 2022 by Managing IP

HSM IP is proud to be ranked in the 2022 edition of IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property (IP). This marks the third year in a row that the firm has received this recognition. Managing IP is a leading specialist Read more +

26/04/2022 | hsmoffice

World IP Day Celebrates Young Innovators

The HSM Group (which includes HSM Chambers, HSM Corporate Services and HSM IP) are supporters of Cayman Enterprise City’s Business Design Competition. This year’s Project of the Year winner is 25-year-old George Wauchope of Emailchaser.io, a website and sales tool Read more +

IP Reform on the Horizon for Bermuda

As Intellectual Property (IP) specialists in the Caribbean, HSM IP is thrilled to hear that the Bermuda Government is making efforts to update its intellectual property laws.

Vance Campbell (Minister for Bermuda Tourism and the Cabinet Office) recently shared in December 2022 that this huge undertaking would involve collaboration among the Ministry for Tourism and the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Home Affairs with the Department of Registry General and the Ministry of Economy and Labour through the Economic Development Department. A special IP Taskforce has already been assigned.

Their objective is to make legislation governing trade marks, patents, registered designs and copyrights more fully aligned with UK and global standards and best practices allowing Bermuda to better compete for business.

Reports indicate that they are tackling trade marks first. Bermuda’s trade mark laws were originally enacted nearly 50 years ago.

One of the areas this new legislation plans to address is for Bermuda’s trade mark registration and renewal periods to be amended to cover 10-year terms. Since current registration periods are only seven years, this will be a welcome change.

As matters stand today in Bermuda, it typically takes 12 to 18 months for the Registry to process a local application for registration.

The Bermuda Government intends to submit to the UK formal requests for extension of several treaties governing the protection of IP rights. Their project team is coordinating with the UK Intellectual Property Office and will be submitting copies of the draft legislation to the UK IPO for review and comment.

With regard to Bermuda’s patent legislation, work has already begun to modernise the law and it will follow a similar course to that of the trade marks legislation.

Bermuda’s copyright laws are the most recently enacted, with the Copyrights and Designs Act 2004, but updates are still needed to enhance the regime, including the ability to voluntarily register copyright ownership.

HSM IP is monitoring this news and looks forward to updating our materials when they happen.

Click here to read HSM IP’s Bermuda trade mark guide.

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