IP Developments Archive


Please note that the developments listed on this page may not be the most up-to-date. For a list of developments in Intellectual Property within the last 12 months, please go to the following page :-

IP Developments within the last 12 months

Intellectual Property

Archived IP Developments

Thu, 13/08/2020 - 08:57

The UK has left the EU and the deadline for extending the transition period has now passed. This means that, from 01 January 2021, all registered EU trade marks (including International Registrations designating the EU) and designs will be automatically cloned to create equivalent national UK rights, with no fee payable.  These new national rights will be fully independent of the EU right but retain all the same filing dates and ownership.  This means the UK rights will be due for...

Mon, 20/07/2020 - 13:25

The payment of Annual Maintenance Fees (AMF) against registered Vanuatu trade marks has been introduced with effect from 1st March 2020. There is a three month inextensible deadline from the anniversary of the filing date within which to make an AMF payment. However, to date, the Registry has yet to commence collecting AMF fees, mainly as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown and the devastation caused by Cyclone Harold which passed through the region in early April and affected much of the...

Wed, 15/07/2020 - 13:51

The Trade Marks Act 2015 entered into force in Trinidad & Tobago on 26th June 2020. The new law recognises International Registrations obtained under the provisions of the Madrid Protocol, and contains a number of provisions which will simplify the registration process. The changes brought in by the new Act include the abolition of Parts A and B of the Register and association of trade marks. Trinidad will henceforth follow the latest edition of the Nice Classification of goods and...