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Memorandum of Understanding between the UTT and the IPO

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UTT and the IPO will promote continued cooperation between the two institutions in the field of intellectual property; and the national development of IP via training programmes and public outreach


Streaming and Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Office of Trinidad and Tobago (IPO) is compelled to respond to the recent debate on live streaming and to hopefully end the conjecture. In today's modern digital world, live streaming apps and facilities like Facebook live have become extremely popular.


Learning more about Intellectual Property

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Building Respect for Intellectual Property and Tourism in Trinidad and Tobago

A brief overview of the activities being undertaken by the Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Property Office of the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs regarding its ‘Building Respect for Intellectual Property and Tourism’ Programme.


Bridging the Gap between the Environment and the Patent System

The world’s environment has been changing drastically over the past several years. Temperatures have been rising, there has been an increase in sea level rise and our natural resources are being exhausted at a rate that is out of our control.


Energy Efficiency Ideas Competition

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


Intellectual Property (IP) Matters: Owning or Creating a Franchise in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago has some of America’s leading restaurant and eatery franchises inclusive of Pizza Hut Inc., Subway, KFC Corp., Domino’s Pizza Inc., Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits, Church’s Chicken, The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Inc., Cold Stone Creamery, Marble Slab Creamery Inc. just to name a few. There are however many stellar local franchises which lead the way for our manufacturing thrust not only here but in the region as well.


Mutiny! Pirates In T&T!

Mutiny! Pirates In T&T!Our country is riddled with movie and music pirates. This is no different to any developed or developing society, and it seems that, despite all efforts, this piracy continues to be on the rise.






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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.