Caribbean IP

Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Widely praised boutique known for its skilled handling of trade mark prosecutions throughout the Caribbean. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, the team co-ordinates region-wide filings for an impressive list of clients, with a particular emphasis on Commonwealth and Dutch Caribbean jurisdictions. Handles a prodigious volume of work, and is regularly sought out by other law firms in the USA and Europe to assist with the management of the Caribbean portion of global trade mark portfolios. Also increasingly active in IP enforcement.

Strengths Clients observe that the team is “very responsive,” adding: “They can talk knowledgeably about trade marks across the Caribbean, and their answers are to the point. They have a good knowledge of the various jurisdictions and the differences in how to engage with the regulatory authorities in each of them.”

Sources say: “They’re responsive, give clear advice and clear pricing; they pack quite a punch.”

Notable practitioners

Katherine Hely has many years of experience advising on Caribbean trade mark issues and is a trusted adviser to several household-name brands. According to one client, “she takes a pan-regional view of things, so she can better advise us on how changes in one market will impact us elsewhere.” Another source added: “She is well versed in the trade mark law of numerous Caribbean countries, quick to update us on changes to those laws as they occur and also very pleasant to deal with.”