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Turks and Caicos Islands Trademark Registration

In Turks and Caicos Islands the legal basis is the Trade Marks Ordinance 2007 . In Turks & Caicos Islands, one can apply to register a trade mark in either of two ways: based upon a UK registration or independently within the local system . Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.

Requirements

A trademark application has to be filed before the trademarks registry in Grand Turk by a local agent. A non-legalized power of attorney is sufficient. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.

Procedure

The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 9-12 months from first filing to registration. After formal examination and acceptance, the mark is published in the weekly Gazette for opposition. An opposition must be filed within 1 month of the date of publication.

Duration

A trademark registration in Turks and Caicos Islands is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.

Methods

NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office.

Extra

Duly note, if the trademark has not been used within 5 years from issue of the registration certificate or has not been used later for a continuous period of 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.

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