J.D.Sellier+Co.’s Intellectual Property practice can trace its written records back to 1929. We advise clients on all aspects of intellectual property including the filing and prosecution of applications for trademarks, patents, industrial designs, copyright and domain names. We also advise our clients on entertainment law, franchising, intellectual property licensing and related areas of commercial law.
We work closely with the firm’s Litigation practice on contentious intellectual property matters and have developed extensive experience in prosecuting trademark infringement and cases arising out of the seizure of counterfeit goods by the Customs authorities. We represent our clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office, and we have been successful in defending our clients’ rights in patent infringements. Our lawyers are involved in the on-going development of the country’s intellectual property laws and systems; two members of our team are the Chairman and Secretary of an Ad hoc Committee which worked to develop the current TRIPS-compliant intellectual property laws.
Our clients comprise large and medium multinational corporations in all sectors of industry; major financial institutions; energy and pharmaceutical companies; entrepreneurs, as well as local and regional manufacturers. Over the years, the practice group has developed an efficient network of intellectual property agents throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, and is well-positioned to meet our clients’ needs in managing their portfolios on a local and regional basis.
Trinidad & Tobago’s Intellectual Property Laws- TRIPS Compliant
After becoming a signatory in 1994 to the Uruguay Round Final Act (Marrakesh Agreement) and a bilateral intellectual property rights agreement with the United States, Trinidad and Tobago undertook a comprehensive reform of its intellectual property (IP) legislation. Brien de Gannes and Debra D’ade were the Chairman and Secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee which worked with the relevant Government departments and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on this reform. Both Brien and Debra assisted the Intellectual Property Office with the Review by the World Trade Organization for legislative compliance with TRIPS, as well as being members of the Committee to Review the Legislative Framework for the Management of Intellectual Property (IP) Rights, which recently completed its report to the Minister of Legal Affairs.
Intellectual Property In The Caribbean
Located in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, over the years J.D.Sellier+Co. has developed a reliable network of intellectual property agents in the Caribbean. Through our agents, our firm files applications throughout the region. Although the Caribbean islands share many similarities of history and culture, their intellectual property laws differ substantially. There is no single Caribbean filing process, and applications must be filed in each country. Contact us for filing information.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba)
- Cayman Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
- St Kitts & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Maarten
- St. Vincent & The Grenadines
- Turks & Caicos Islands
Intellectual Property In Latin America
With Trinidad and Tobago strategically positioned between the Caribbean islands and Latin America, our firm has expanded its network of intellectual property agents to include Latin America. Contact us for filing information.
Latin American Countries
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador