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CIIPO (the Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office) recently
staged training sessions with three Government agencies regarding
the enforcement of The Copyright (Cayman Islands) Order 2015.
Staff members from Customs, the Department of Commerce and
Investment (DCI), and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
(RCIPS) were educated on their powers under the law, which came
into effect on 30 June.
'The new law defines the extent of copyright protection in
Cayman by stating the rights of persons who create original
literary, artistic, dramatic or musical works. It also provides the
framework for enforcement', Minister for Commerce Wayne Panton
CIIPO was created in May 2016 to register intellectual property
(IP), such as trade marks, that needs to be recorded as part of its
legal protection. It will also provide information to the local and
global public about IP protection in Cayman, in the form of
copyrights, patents, trade marks, and design rights.
In regards to enforcement, the law gives DCI and the RCIPS
robust enforcement capabilities.
'Once probable cause has been established, DCI and the RCIPS
will search businesses and seize products suspected of copyright
infringement', Minister Panton said.
A copyright holder also can facilitate Customs, DCI and RCIPS
investigations, and possibly other enforcement actions, by issuing
written notices to the aforementioned agencies alleging the
presence of infringing goods and businesses.
In addition, a copyright holder can retain legal counsel and
either use civil litigation tactics such as seizures and
injunctions against the infringing party, or pursue a criminal case
by issuing a formal complaint to DCI.
The training sessions, which wrapped up in early August at the
Government Administration Building, were presented by Abraham
Thoppil, who serves on multiple subcommittees that helped draft the
copyright law and additional legislation covering other areas of
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