Cayman Islands: New IP laws set to come into force

New IP laws for the Cayman Islands were passed in 2016. These laws will come into force on 1 August 2017. There are three separate laws, namely The Trade Marks Bill 2016; The Design Rights Registration Law 2016 and The Patents and Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill 2016.

We have previously discussed the changes brought about by the new legislation. The stand-out features of the new laws are as follows:

  • There will now be a system of direct trade mark registration in the Cayman Islands (previously protection was achieved through extension of UK registrations, something that will no longer be possible under the new law).
  • There is now a system for protecting designs, namely through the extension of UK design registrations.
  • The system of protecting inventions through the extension of UK patents remains, although some minor changes have been made.

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Date published: 7 June 2017
Author: Spoor & Fisher

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