2 October 2012

Caribbean IP Part 5: Barbados

ISO 3166 country code: BB.

The Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) administers IP rights in Barbados. It boasts a decent website explaining the various types of intellectual property available and a slideshow on trade marks in particular.

As in previous entries, WIPO's statistics do not paint a particular clear picture and I have doubts regarding their accuracy.

Barbados has a decent trade mark regime. In my experience it can take some time to obtain the filing number though as it is not issued upon application. The fees are not expensive ($75) although there is an strange $25 increase for using an agent. Publication costs vary.

Industrial designs are registered on a local basis in Barbados.

Barbados has a decent economy, a stable government and suffers little from corruption. To increase its attractiveness to foreign businesses, Madrid Protocol membership would undoubtedly be welcomed.

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