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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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06-14-2017 (Newsletter Issue 11/17)
United Kingdom
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New Trademark Laws in the Cayman Islands Effective on A...

The new Trade Marks Law 2016 will be implemented in the Cayman Islands on August 1, 2017.

The current law provided only for the registration of trademarks previously registered in the UK, or as a European Union Trademark, or as an International Registration designating UK, which results in extension of identical rights in Cayman with no provision for opposition.

The new Law will make it possible for trademark proprietors to file for trademark protection without the need to re-register a UK or EUTM registration in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman trademark registrations based on UK/EU trademark registrations will continue to have effect until the next renewal/expiry date and will fall due for renewal on the same date as the underlying UK/EU trademark.

Future trademark renewals can be made independently. The renewal period of marks filed under the new law will be 10 years from the date of filing.

For further information, please check the article from Ms Sophie Davies from HSM IP, Cayman Island, which can be accessed here

Also detailed and updated information on the Cayman Islands can be seen in our guide on Dependent Territories here

Source: HSM IP, Cayman Islands and Caribbean IP, USA