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May 23, 2017

How to Cash In on Registering Intellectual Property Designs

Do you have a special design or invention that can make lives easier and make money too? Then pay attention to our next story. The Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) today hosted a seminar on plans to switch Belize from a 1960 Act of nations on intellectual property registration to a more recent 1999 Act. Interestingly, no Belizean has registered any design as intellectual property in the last ten years, but several European countries, primarily Switzerland, have had their properties registered in the Jewel. The total number of these registrations went down significantly between 2015 and 2016, partially due to the outdated Act. We spoke to representatives of BELIPO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) about the benefits of registration.

 

Paivi Lahdesmaki

Paivi Lahdesmaki, World Intellectual Property Organization

“Most international registrations originate from Switzerland, and it’s a pity, because there are other countries like France, Germany, who file lots of international registrations but they don’t seek protection for their designs in Belize. And the way to have more international filings designating Belize is to upgrade to the most recent 1999 Act which would be an easy way for foreign enterprises to protect their designs in Belize; and then it’s very easy for local creators, designers, who wish to export their industrial designs, their products, abroad, to have protection for their industrial designs in other countries.”

 

Olabimpe Akinkuolie

Olabimpe Akinkuolie, Deputy Registrar, BELIPO

“One can say that this caters mostly to the international foreigners who want to bring in their industrial design, or rather register their industrial design in Belize; but it also assists us as local artisans, local designers who want to take their product into the international realm by using this facility being provided by WIPO in having their industrial designs first of all have it registered here in Belize and then from there on, you can have it registered in any designated country that you choose to. So we encourage local artisans: not to just put aside your handicraft or put aside your design; the world wants to see your design. And if you have it on you, please come over to our office and we would assist you in whatever way to have your design registered and also take it through the process of having it registered internationally.”

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