Constitutional changes and filling your trademark in Aruba and the Dutch Caribbean

As of October 10, 2010, the Netherlands Antilles as a jurisdiction within the Kingdom of the Netherlands has ceased to exist. Instead, two separate new jurisdictions, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, came into existence. The other three islands of the current Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, known collectively as the BES islands) became overseas municipalities of the Netherlands; public bodies as described in Article 134 of the Dutch Constitution. 

Curaçao and Sint Maarten became autonomous parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with a status comparable to that of Aruba. Curacao, Sint Maarten and the BES-islands have created their own independent intellectual property offices. Trademark owners who used to register a trademark in the Netherlands Antilles now have 3 separate Intellectual Property Offices to deal with. 

Fortunately, Gomez & Bikker services IP-matters www.DutchCaribbeanIP.com all the these islands, so you don’t have to.

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