Region Specific Info-Caribbean

Spoor & Fisher Jersey offers the same service as we do for Africa, throughout the Caribbean in relation to IP registration and protection for patents, trade marks, copyright and designs, related litigation and commercial transactions as well as IP portfolio management.

With a shared colonial heritage, there are similarities between the IP systems of the Caribbean and those of many African countries. Traditionally, IP legislation in the majority of the Caribbean territories has been modelled on that of the UK, and the re-registration of UK rights still forms the basis of protection in several instances. We have established relationships with local agencies and registries throughout the region, which facilitates the processing of instructions.

There are no regional IP organisations in the Caribbean and, in IP terms, the Caribbean comprises 24 separate territories where IP rights must be registered nationally. These include:

 Anguilla  Dominican Republic
 Antigua & Barbuda  Grenada
 Aruba  Haiti
 Bahamas  Jamaica
 Barbados  Montserrat      
 Bermuda  Puerto Rico
 BES Islands (Bonaire, Saba, and St Eustatius)      
 St Kitts & Nevis
 British Virgin Islands  St Lucia
 Cayman Islands  St Maarten
 Cuba  St Vincent & The Grenadines
 Curaçao  Trinidad & Tobago
 Dominica  Turks & Caicos Islands

By virtue of their former colonial status, our Caribbean practice also covers the South American territories of Belize, Guyana and Suriname.

Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Barthelemy and St Martin are the four Leeward Islands comprising the French West Indies. Each Island is classed as an overseas region and overseas department. As such they are represented in the French Senate with the same legal status as a region or department of metropolitan France. Consequently, a French trademark registration will automatically extend to their territories.

For further information about our Caribbean practice, please contact us by email at

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