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Sep 29, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 15/15)
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IP Bureau of Sint Maarten Starts Soon

The Bureau for Intellectual Property of Sint Maarten (BIP SXM) starts soon. The National Ordinance BIP is planned to go into effect as per October 1, 2015. As from this day, entrepreneurs active on Sint Maarten can protect their national as well as their international trademarks via a electronic procedure. Trademark representatives on Sint Maarten can register before October 1, 2015, at BIP SXM via the form on the website.

In addition to the registration system, there is a fully online trademarks register available for Sint Maarten. This register will provide real-time information regarding the current trademark rights on Sint Maarten and facilitate the procedure for acquiring rights quickly and efficiently.

The BOIP will take care of the back-office activities. For its part, the BIP SXM will be responsible for the execution of the legal tasks from the Trademarks Ordinance and disseminating information to the public. With these activities, the BOIP has further expanded its network of international partnerships. Since 2010, it has already been charged with the execution of the Trademarks Act for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Wet Merken BES, or WMB) on behalf of the Department of the Caribbean Netherlands (Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland). The Act applies to the three special Dutch “municipalities” of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, which are jointly referred to as the Caribbean Netherlands.