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Jamaica’s New Intellectual Property Makeover By Dianne Daley McClure

Updated: Feb 23


Jamaica’s New Intellectual Property Makeover By Dianne Daley McClure

Jamaica’s New Intellectual Property Makeover By Dianne Daley McClure: Amidst a rapidly evolving global intellectual property (IP) landscape, Jamaica has embarked on a transformative journey in recent years. Spearheaded by legislative reforms, the country's IP framework has undergone substantial revisions, setting the stage for enhanced protection and innovation. In this comprehensive article, we delve into the pivotal changes witnessed in patents, designs, and trademarks, shedding light on their implications for Jamaica's IP ecosystem.

On February 11, 2022, Jamaica ushered in a new era of patent law with the enactment of the Patents and Designs Act No. 1 of 2020. This groundbreaking legislation, replacing antiquated statutes dating back to the 19th century, brings Jamaica's patent regime in line with international standards. From novel criteria for protection to provisions on employee inventions, we explore the transformative aspects of the new law and their significance for patent holders and innovators. Designs Update: Modernization and Standardization In parallel with patent reforms, Jamaica has revamped its approach to industrial designs, aligning with global agreements such as the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the Paris Convention. With emphasis on absolute novelty and duration of protection, these changes mark a decisive step towards bolstering design rights and fostering creativity in the country. We dissect the key elements of Jamaica's new design framework and its implications for designers and businesses alike. Trademark Updates: Enhancing Protection The Trademarks (Amendment) Act 2021 heralds a new era of trademark protection in Jamaica, characterized by enhanced safeguards and alignment with international best practices. From stringent conditions of protection to accession to the Madrid Protocol, these amendments reflect Jamaica's commitment to safeguarding its national brand and fostering a conducive environment for trademark owners. We unravel the intricacies of these reforms and their implications for local and international businesses operating in Jamaica.

Jamaica’s New Intellectual Property Makeover By Dianne Daley McClure

Dianne Daley McClure: Founding Partner at Foga Daley Dianne Daley McClure stands at the forefront of Jamaica's legal landscape, bringing unparalleled expertise and leadership to her role as the Founding Partner at Foga Daley. With over twenty-seven years of experience in intellectual property law, Dianne has played a pivotal role in shaping the country's IP framework and advocating for the rights of creators and innovators. Professional Background Dianne's illustrious career spans diverse roles, from serving as the legal director at Jamaica's Copyright Office to representing the country at international forums such as WIPO and UNESCO. Armed with a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honors and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Law specializing in IP, her academic prowess is complemented by a wealth of practical experience in IP law and policy. Leadership and Contributions As Chairman of the Cayman Islands Copyright, Designs and Trademark Appeals Tribunal and the Intellectual Property Committee of the Jamaican Bar Association, Dianne continues to shape the trajectory of IP law in the region. Her active involvement in organizations such as INTA, GALA, and AEA underscores her commitment to advancing IP rights globally, while her publications and lectures serve as invaluable resources for aspiring IP professionals.

Jamaica’s New Intellectual Property Makeover By Dianne Daley McClure

Conclusion

As Jamaica embarks on a new chapter in its intellectual property journey, the leadership of individuals like Dianne Daley McClure serves as a beacon of inspiration and guidance. Through legislative reforms and advocacy efforts, Jamaica is poised to create a conducive environment for innovation, creativity, and economic growth. As stakeholders navigate these changes, collaboration and knowledge-sharing will be paramount in unlocking the full potential of Jamaica's intellectual property landscape. Read The Full Article By Dianne Daley McClure in Our Latest Edition on The Women's IP Annual 2023


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