The firm’s Intellectual Property Department advises and assists clients in all areas of intellectual property, particularly trademarks, patents, copyright matters and IP asset transfers, with a heavy focus on trade mark filings and PCT national phase entries and maintenance.
The Firm is a member of a number of international industry bodies including the following:
- INTA – International Trademark Association
- ASIPI – Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property
- IPCA – Intellectual Property Caribbean Association
Rosalind Smith Millar, Partner, head of the firm’s IP Department, holds a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Law. She chaired the Barbados Government’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property for several years, and continues to serve on that committee. She is presently a member of the International Trademark Association’s Trademark Office Practices Committee (Latin America and Caribbean Sub-Committee) for the biennium 2016-17.
At Clarke Gittens Farmer, we have a skilled and dedicated team that works with a wide variety of clients to ensure the protection of their trademarks. In today’s increasingly global markets a trademark is a highly valued asset that can set a business apart from its competitors and should be protected.
We assist our clients in a wide range of services including, general advice on trademark matters, clearance searches, registration of marks, renewals, portfolio management, trademark audits, licencing disputes and litigation.
Our trademark clients include several major well-known international brands, especially in the fields of food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, technology, clothing and luxury goods.
Patent applications can appear to be a daunting process but our IP team is dedicated to providing our clients with range of services including registration of local patents, entry of the National Phase of applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty and payment of annuities throughout the life of the patent.
Protecting how an object or product looks is as important as protecting how it works. Our firm provides advice and services in all stages of the process including design registration and maintenance.
Protecting original work such as paintings, photographs, music, a performance or a piece of writing has never been more important. We can advise on the protection of such creations, assist with the preparation of licensing and management contracts.
A number of our corporate clients rely on the firm for advice on due diligence and transfer of IP assets ancillary to larger business transactions, or as stand-alone IP transfers. Our services include the negotiation and preparation of licencing agreements and transfer agreements.