New Cayman Islands Copyright Law in Effect

On 30 June 2016, the Copyright (Cayman Islands) Order 2015 and the Copyright (Cayman Islands) (Amendment) Order 2016 came into force.  They extend a customized version of Part 1 of the UK’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (including Schedule ZA1 and Schedule 1 of the Act) to the Cayman Islands. Usefully, the Ministry of Financial Services and Commerce has released an Unofficial Consolidation of the new law in advance of implementation.

Unexpected Changes to St. Maarten Trade Mark Practice (October 2015)


On 1 October 2015, the Bureau of Intellectual Property (BIP) Curaçao ceased handling trade mark matters relating to the country of St. Maarten.  On 5 October 2015, the newly formed BIP of St Maarten (BIP SMX) became the competent authority for such work, working in conjunction with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP).  An online trade mark registration route is now available (BOIP is a paperless office).