How do I register outside the Caribbean Netherlands?

Registration in the Caribbean Dutch register at the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) is always automatically valid for the three islands: Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. A Caribbean Dutch registration will allow you to take action against the use or registration of your trademark or a confusingly similar sign within this group of islands. You can take action not only against subsequent Caribbean Dutch trademarks, but also against all trademarks valid in the Caribbean Netherlands, i.e. including International trademarks that are valid in the Caribbean Netherlands.

Protection outside the Caribbean Netherlands is also a possibility, and is advisable if you plan to sell your products and services outside the Caribbean Netherlands. There are various options available for protection outside the Caribbean Netherlands, which all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Which particular system you choose will depend on numerous factors, and effective protection relies on choosing the system that is most suited to your specific situation. As a rule of thumb, the protection should match the market in which you operate: it should neither overall be too limited nor too extensive. It is important to protect your trademark where you are using it and where protection is therefore necessary. Protection in a larger area can entail unnecessary risks, and can even cause you to lose your rights.

Choosing a protection system is therefore an important step in the process. Before you do so, it is advisable to gather plenty of information first. 

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Steven de Lira (EN)

If you are a professionally active company with ambition, trademark registration is a must. Brand names are your company's capital. A unique brand name adds to your company's quality image and adds value. It's not something you want to have any trouble with, and it far outweighs the costs.'

Steven de Lira came to the Netherlands in 1994 from Curaçao to study industrial engineering and management. After graduating, he set up Opensa, a firm specialising in organisational consultancy and SilkBricks, a software company that makes tools designed to accelerate innovation processes within businesses.