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Caribbean Innovation Competition

We are pleased to announce that the Regional Entrepreneurial Asset Commercialisation Hub (REACH) Caribbean Innovation Competition.


Revisiting the “human intellect” part of intellecutal property

It is said that we create not only out of necessity but also because we are compelled to and just for the fun of it. But is that creative capacity the sole province of human minds?


Patent Goes Green

Over the last few years, the relationship between environmental sustainability and intellectual property has frequently captured the headlines. Patents are the most significant vehicle to foster technological revolution


Kicking It IP Style

Picture this!!!! You walk into a Francis Fashion’s Shoelocker store with your granddad to buy a new pair of football boots for your upcoming football match. He is in awe of the sleek design and bright colours of the pair of football boots that you try on.  He tells you that in his day, football boots were plain, dull, and very uncomfortable to play in. You smile and say to him, “Yeah gramps this is the new Nike CR7 Mercurial football boots. It’s so cool!!!!”


The Influence of Intellectual Property in Sports

GOAL!!!! Gareth Bale has just scored for Real Madrid. He runs to face the large cheering crowd and celebrates the goal by displaying his customary eleven of hearts symbol. That’s a normal scenario in a football match, a player celebrating his goal, but did we miss something in that celebration? Gareth Bale applied for a trademark for his celebratory eleven of hearts symbol.






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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.