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Jun 10, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 9/14)
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Agreement between Sint Maarten and BOIP

An agreement was concluded between Sint Maarten and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) regarding the execution of Sint Maarten's trademark law.

Starting on 1 January 2015, entrepreneurs who are active on Sint Maarten can protect their trademarks by means of a modern electronic procedure. The BOIP will set up and manage this procedure for Sint Maarten. The BOIP will also see to it that Sint Maarten makes a fully online trademarks register available to the public. This register will provide real-time information regarding the current trademark rights on Sint Maarten and facilitate the procedure for acquiring rights quickly and efficiently.

The agreement entails that the BOIP will take care of the back-office activities of the Bureau for Intellectual Property of Sint Maarten (BIP SXM). For its part, the BIP SXM will be responsible for the execution of the legal tasks from the Sint Maarten Trademarks Ordinance and disseminating information to the public.