Most Read Contributor in Cayman Islands, September 2016
To enhance Cayman's Intellectual Property (IP)
modernisation, General Registry has hired an expert – Mrs
Candace Westby – in patents and trade marks.
Furthermore, Mrs Westby and General Registry's Deputy
Registrar Donnell Dixon, recently returned from the UK, having
accepted the UK IP Office's invitation for further
Currently, one of the main areas of IP, trade marks, is
undergoing significant changes in Cayman. The existing legislation
is being modified to reflect a more robust framework for the local
registration of trade marks, with the new law expected to commence
In preparation for those legislative changes, General Registry,
the local agency that handles the registration of different types
of IP, hired Mrs Westby to serve as the new Patents and Trade Marks
Examiner. Mrs Westby, who previously worked for the Belize
government as an IP registrar, officially took office on 1
'Candace dealt with over 2,000 Belizean trade mark
applications, and conducted thousands of interactive searches of
international registers for patents', said Registrar General
Cindy Jefferson-Bulgin. 'Based on her experience and the impact
she has had on Belize's IP legislative framework, she will be a
great asset for us as we prepare for the implementation of local
Mrs Westby has more than three years of experience dealing with
IP matters and holds a bachelor's degree in law from the
University of the West Indies. She will oversee the introduction
and development of the patents and trade marks division, a newly
established area of focus for Registry in anticipation of the new
trade marks law, and revised patents legislation.
Prior to taking up office, Mrs Westby and Mr Dixon attended an
extensive Trade Mark and Designs training programme, hosted by the
UK IP Office earlier this month. The three-week programme, which
took place in Newport, South Wales, featured other Overseas
Territories and focused on topics such as trade mark examination
and information technology systems development.
'The topics were taught by staff members who work in the
relevant sections of the office. Overall, the course was well
organised and the material provided was extremely useful to the
work we hope to do', said Mrs Westby.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.
Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.
As reported in the market updates section of this newsletter, the UAE Ministry of Economy recently reviewed the fees charged by its various departments, including the Trade Mark, Patent and Copyright Office.
As the technology industry is highly competitive and grows rapidly, organizations focus on reducing costs in a bid to strive to retain and/or gain the competitive advantage.
Some comments from our readers… “The articles are extremely timely and highly applicable” “I often find critical information not available elsewhere” “As in-house counsel, Mondaq’s service is of great value”
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).