Trademark protection in Sint Maarten

consulting2-300x213Since January 1, 2015, companies conducting local business can file their trademark applications in Sint Maarten via the online filing system.

On March 20, 2014, the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) and Sint Maarten (the Dutch portion of the Saint Martin island) agreed on their respective roles as regards the implementation of the trademark laws of Sint Maarten.

This agreement provides that the Intellectual Property office of Sint Maarten (BPI SXM) is responsible for executing legal obligations arising from trademark law while the BOIP performs the back-office tasks for the BPI SXM. The BOIP is also responsible for administering the online filing process and creating an electronic trademark registry.

This agreement allows the BOIP to further expand its cooperative network globally.