Pirates, plantations, rum and reggae: the complex business of protecting IP rights in the Caribbean

The effectiveness of the various IP registries in the Caribbean region is a common concern for IP rights holders wishing to obtain protection in the islands. While some registries offer excellent service, others are not yet automated and are governed by out-of-date legislation. Some Caribbean countries are working hard to ensure that their IP regimes encourage innovation and are competitive – but this can pose a major challenge as, regardless of the amount of financial investment, what can be done when the relevant legislation is outdated?

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