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Aug 13, 2015

Energy Efficiency Ideas Competition


Energy Efficiency Competition 


  • Got a great idea on how to save energy or use it more efficiently?
  • Always wanted to be your own boss and run a business?
  • Want to contribute to Caribbean development?

We will help you bring your great idea to the market! Be part of the IPICA idea challenge “Energize your idea”!


  • Invitation and travel costs to participate in an intensive entrepreneurship course in Trinidad&Tobago.
  • A one-year exclusive mentoring programme for 6 winners run by high-profile experts, who will help you to develop and market your business idea.
  • Visibility of your idea through promotion via the international IPICA project and benefit from international networks in the innovation eco-system.
  • Access to international experts on Intellectual property.


  • Team submissions are encouraged, but nominate one team representative only.
  • Individual entrepreneurs and team representatives must be resident of a CARIFORUM country.
  • Must commit to participate in the intensive entrepreneurship course.


  • Ideas have to be in the field of energy efficiency
  • Social entrepreneurship ideas highly welcomed
  • Idea must be your own
  • Idea has to be new to the market/region – with the potential of regional impact


FURTHER DETAILS visit "http://www.ipica-project.eu/content/energy-efficiency-ideas-competition%e2%80%93further-details"

Click here to download the flyer.

[Distributed by the Intellectual Property Office, Ministry of Legal Affairs, partners in the IPICA Project. Contacts: 3RD Floor, Capital Plaza, 11-13 Frederick St , POS; TEL 625-9972; email “info@ipo.gov.tt]





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Criminal penalties for Intellectual Property Rights Infringement


Maximum Penalty (TT Dollars)

Copyright and Related Rights incl. databases

$250,000.00 or ten years imprisonment (summary conviction)

Topography of Integrated Circuits

$10,000.00 or 5 years imprisonment (summary conviction)

Trade Mark (incl. company names represented in a special or particular manner)

$10,000.00 or 6 months imprisonment (summary conviction); $40,000.00 or 10 years imprisonment (indictment)

Industrial Design

$10,000.00 or ten years imprisonment (summary conviction)

Patent and Utility Model

$10,000.00 (summary conviction).

Falsification of patent register: $20,000.00 (summary conviction) or $40,000.00 or ten years imprisonment (indictment)

Geographical Indications

$8,000.00 or three years imprisonment (summary conviction)

Plant Variety

$10,000.00 (summary conviction)

Unauthorised claim of patent rights

$10,000.00 (summary conviction)

Unauthorised claim that a patent has been applied for

$10,000.00 (summary conviction)


The Copyright Infringement Ship

Piracy Ship

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Piracy occurs when any of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights are violated.

Note 14 of the TRIPS Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) provides the following interpretation:

(a) “counterfeit trademark goods” shall mean any goods, including packaging, bearing without authorization a trademark which is identical to the trademark validly registered in respect of such goods, or which cannot be distinguished in its essential aspects from such a trademark, and which thereby infringes the rights of the owner of the trademark in question under the law of the country of importation;

(b) “pirated copyright goods” shall mean any goods which are copies made without the consent of the right holder or person duly authorized by the right holder in the country of production and which are made directly or indirectly from an article where the making of that copy would have constituted an infringement of a copyright or a related right under the law of the country of importation.

The maximum penalty for copyright infringement is $250,000 or ten years imprisonment. The above pirate ship illustrates some common examples of piracy.