Intellectual Property and Consumer Protection Agency

In recognition of the need to assure investors that their intellectual rights are protected in Trinidad and Tobago, the Government is committed to providing intellectual property laws consistent with international standards. In 1994 and 1995, the country signed a number of multilateral and bilateral intellectual property treaties/ agreements.

These are:

  • The Uruguay Round Final Act and Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization.
  • The Trade Mark Law Treaty.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of this country and the United States of America concerning Protection of Intellectual Property Rights.
  • The Patent Co-operation Treaty.
  • The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of 20th March, 1883 (The Stockholm Act (1967) as amended on October 2, 1979).
  • The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Work (1886) as amended in 1979.
  • The Geneva Convention (1971) for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms, Against Unauthorised Duplication of Their Phonograms.

New legislation is also being developed to deal with:

  • Registration of Patents
  • Trade Secrets
  • Industrial Designs

A significant aspect of the Patent legislation being developed in Trinidad and Tobago is that it will take the registration system from a simple registration system to a full examination system. This has meant modernisation of the registry in Trinidad and Tobago. A Memorandum of Understanding formalized between the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America, concerning Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (The Bilateral).

Registration of Intellectual Property

Registration of trade marks, patents and copyrights, falls under the authority of the Registrar General, who reports to the Attorney General and the Ministry of Legal Affairs. It is administered by the Intellectual Property Registry.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the government office responsible for administering all intellectual property laws in Trinidad and Tobago. Intellectual Property refers to the expressed creations of the human mind and is divided into three main branches: Industrial Property, Copyright and Related Rights. You can find more information on the IPO's website by following the link below. You may also contact the office at:
Intellectual Property Office
Ministry of Legal Affairs
3rd Floor, Registration House
72-74 South Quay
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-9972
Fax. (868) 624-1221
Email i...@ipo.gov.tt
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

The Registry is not permitted to accept cash and can only accept Trinidad and Tobago stamps as registration fees. The Act gives the Registrar a discretion where applicants do not reside or carry on business in Trinidad and Tobago, to require that a local address be given and therefore, foreign applicants usually appoint an agent in Trinidad and Tobago, usually an Attorney-at-law, using the address of the Attorney at-law for service. The Registry has to be formally informed that an agent has been appointed.

Consumer Affairs Division (CAD) as Consumer Protection Agency

The rights of consumers are protected by law in Trinidad and Tobago. The Consumer Affairs Division (CAD) is a consumer protection agency with responsibility for providing advice and information to consumers. Consumer Affairs is also responsible for the enforcement of a wide range of consumer protection laws. For more information regarding consumer protection, contact the Consumer Affairs Division using the information provided below:

Consumer Affairs Division
3 Duncan Street
Agostini Compound
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. 800-4CPS (4277);(868) 625-5829; 623-3821
Fax. (868) 625-4737
General E-mail: cons...@consumer.gov.tt
Research Unit: rese...@consumer.gov.tt
Consumer Protection Services Unit: cons...@consumer.gov.tt
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

Official websites:
Intellectual Property Office of Trinidad and Tobago: http://www.ipo.gov.tt/home.asp
Copyright Organisation website of Trinidad and Tobago: http://www.cott.org.tt/
Consumer Affairs Division website: http://www.consumer.gov.tt/

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