National Workshop on Effective Management of Intellectual Property Assets for SMEs

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Collaborate with artists and technologists in the U.S. this summer at the Open Music Initiative Summer Lab. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a growing global initiative to improve artists compensation and music industry cooperation. Selected artists will receive an expense-paid trip to the US in order to join college Fellows of the Summer Lab to play music, learn about emerging technologies, and help define use cases for the music industry that are based on blockchain technology.

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Further details are on the 2017 Summer Lab page. You can apply via this form.

This program is facilitated by IDEO and Berklee College and is sponsored by Intel and the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Nice Classification system

Please be advised that the World Intellectual Property Office has announced that the eleventh (11th ) edition of the Nice Classification system has become effective, January 1, 2017. Accordingly, JIPO will classify goods and services based on the 11th edition of the Nice Classification of goods and services for all applications filed after January 1, 2017.

New Trade Marks, Designs & Geographical Indications Manager

We are pleased to inform you that Ms. Adrienne Thompson is the newly appointed Trade Marks, Designs and Geographical Indications Manager at the JIPO, effective October 18, 2016.

Ms. Thompson is an Attorney-at-Law with over eleven years of professional experience gained in the fields of Intellectual Property Law and Medicinal Chemistry Research. She was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2013, recognized to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2009 and licensed to practice law in Missouri, U.S.A. in 2008. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University Law School, Louisiana and Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Vassar College, New York.
We are pleased to have Ms. Thompson join the management team. We are confident that the wealth of her experience and qualifications in the area of IP law will be an asset to JIPO and Jamaica, as we continue to pave the path to growth and development through the protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

New Copyright and Related Rights Manager

JIPO is pleased to announce that Ms. Sophia Clarke, LLB (Hons), LLM (IP), has been appointed the Copyright and Related Rights Manager, effective Monday, 14th March, 2016.

Ms. Clarke is an Attorney-at-Law with over twenty-five years of professional office management experience gained mostly in the field of IP Law in the UK. Ms. Clarke’s professional qualifications include the LLM in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London, which she gained in 2001. She completed the UK Legal Practice Course, including Intellectual Property Law, at Inns of Court School of Law in 2004. She was called to the Jamaican Bar in 2015.

We are pleased to have Ms. Clarke join the management team.



The intellectual capital of a nation is vital to its advancement. I am therefore pleased to join the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) in celebrating Intellectual Property Week and promoting the value of Intellectual Property (IP) to our country’s growth and development.

Throughout Jamaica’s history, creativity and innovativeness have been driving forces shaping changes in homes, schools and communities. I therefore commend JIPO for the way it has been encouraging Jamaicans to tap into our celebrated ingenuity with the prospect of seeing Jamaica achieve the success it truly deserves.
The appropriateness of this year’s theme, “Innovation-Improving Lives”, cannot be overlooked. Therein lies a call to action for Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora to help develop, support and invest in breakthrough solutions that will strengthen Brand Jamaica. I therefore urge you to play your part in expanding Jamaicans’ repertoire of extraordinary inventions that will address the myriad cultural, economic and social challenges, not only confronting our country but the region and the world.

I commend JIPO for admirably fulfilling its role to protect, administer and enforce Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Your various public education initiatives, training programmes, and partnership with public and private sector organisations have undoubtedly boosted creative expressions among our people. I implore you to remain focused as you continue your unabated efforts to improve IP systems, policies and regulations in Jamaica with the adoption of best practices and modern technologies.

As you observe Intellectual Property Week and World Intellectual Property Day, I encourage you to continue to move the needle in fostering creativity in various fields spanning science, arts and business in Jamaica.
I wish you every success with your celebratory activities!


Intellectual Property Rights drives economic growth and competitiveness because it stimulates innovation, encourages technological creation and rewards entrepreneurship.

There is no shortage of creative talent and ingenuity in Jamaica. It is therefore important that as we strive to build a stronger economy, we create an environment which safeguards the rights of creators and producers of intellectual property.

For this reason, my government has appointed a carefully selected Entertainment Advisory Board and undertaken other initiatives in an effort to promote the use of intellectual property mechanisms and eradicate high levels of piracy.

Protecting intellectual property rights, particularly Brand Jamaica requires collaborative efforts among all Jamaicans. I therefore extend best wishes to the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, JIPO, as they seek to raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property in driving economic development during Intellectual Property Week 2017.

The theme “Innovation- Improving Lives” highlights the importance of adequate enforcement in helping individuals and industries protect their patents, trademarks and copyrights thus maximizing earnings and enhancing living standards.

I wish for the Office a successful week of activities and encourage individuals to support the events even as they educate themselves on the intellectual property mechanisms available to them.

Hon. Andrew Holness, ON, MP

Prime Minister

Dr. Peter Phillips, MP
Leader of the Opposition

The Peoples’ National Party (PNP) has always been very aware of the crucial value of our culture and culture’s importance to not only our national development but also our identity as Jamaicans. It has therefore always been foremost in our planning and action that the intellectual rights of all Jamaican creators must have the full and adequate protection of our laws and have a proper management infrastructure to monitor its implementation.

We have therefore always been fully behind the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), from its creation to the present day as it administers the tricky matters of copyright and creative ownership and advises and monitors the public in its actions. The Jamaica Copyright Act of 1993 and its amendments, including the 2015 Amendment have come a far way to protecting the intellectual rights of our citizens and JIPO continues to strive to make known to one and all what intellectual property rights are, what it covers, how it applies to each individual, and how it may be used legally, both by owners and by prospective users of intellectual property.

Without the careful watch-guarding of JIPO, many of our great and small creators, from Bob Marley, to Kapo, to Mervin Morris to Rex Nettleford to craft vendors and dub poets would be in danger of not being able to earn what they are legally due from the wonderful creations they produce in Jamaica and around the world.
We all need to be aware of the unfair consequences of illegal activities, whether it is an illegal download of copyright music, or the reproduction of images without the consent and approval of the copyright owner(s).

In the Jamaica of 2017, more driven by cultural achievement than perhaps at any time in our history, JIPO’s role is one which is absolutely necessary and irreplaceable.

I commend JIPO on its service and on behalf of the PNP, encourage it to continue its role in the education and administration of all matters related to intellectual property, so that Jamaicans who dream and imagine beautiful creations may prosper and inspire the nation to be the best it can be.

Hon. Karl Samuda Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries

It is with great pleasure that I celebrate another Intellectual Property Week with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office. This year’s theme, Innovation- Improving Lives, could not be more appropriate as without innovation this nation will never achieve its true growth potential. I note too that the World Intellectual Property Office is also celebrating World IP day this week under the same theme. This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property.

As Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries I have been urging companies to change the way they do business. They must use technology and find new approaches and techniques to truly move their businesses forward. Whether through the development of a new product, service or process, it is critical that we innovate and make a name for our companies both locally and abroad. However, once we have innovated, it is critical that these innovations are protected through the geographical indications, patents and copyrights that a good intellectual property system provides.

This Government recognizes the importance of the country’s intellectual property and the pivotal role it plays in building a competitive platform for long-term economic growth and development. This is why we are modernizing Jamaica’s IP system with key legislative amendments including the Trademark, Copyright, and Patent Legislations, that will in turn help to advance Jamaica’s research, development and innovation capabilities.

I must commend each and every member of the hard working team at JIPO for their tireless efforts. JIPO is the focal point for the administration of intellectual property in Jamaica and through its daily operations; it has provided this nation with an invaluable service by opening the minds of our people to the limitless potential which intellectual property rights possess.

Hon. Anthony Hylton M.P.

The celebration of intellectual property week provides the opportunity to recognise the contribution of this sector to our country and the critical role played by the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) in the development of business and industry in Jamaica.

The week of celebration under the theme “Innovation - Improving lives” gives us the opportunity to recognise the contribution of our creators, whether in the field of agriculture, arts, culture, energy, education, food, medicine, music, or transportation to name a few.

Innovation is not limited to patents but to all aspects of life and it is this recognition that fuels the dedicated management and staff at JIPO who seek new and creative ways to convey the message of the importance of creators in protecting their works and engaging in productive activities that will allow them to reap the rewards of their initiatives. The output of protection of their IP Rights is reflected in the significant contribution to our economy.

We all wish JIPO a successful IP week and would encourage you to join them in the celebration
of the week.

Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport

As we prepare to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, I want to extend congratulations to the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), for yet another successful compilation of its activities and initiatives concerning Intellectual Property (IP).

The Creative Economy is perhaps the single area of national development in which Intellectual Property has profound and seamless connectivity. The representation of this economy is vast and is evolving to include: literature, music, performing arts, visual arts, film, photography, museums, galleries, libraries, architecture, design, fashion, advertising, publishing and heritage services. With the rich amalgamation of cultural resources, there are distinctive intangible cultural heritage domains including our oral tradition and expressions, performing arts and traditional craftsmanship. These elements are vibrant and active forces in the creative industries and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is committed to ensuring that any institutional or commercial biases against indigenous content in local and international markets are eliminated, therefore, Intellectual Property education cannot be overstated.

Our culture bearers and practitioners are obligated to take the necessary steps to protect their IP, whether it is for individual creations or creations affiliated to companies and other institutions. We anticipate that IP matters will remain a priority focus in how we go about strengthening the viability of the creative economy. JIPOs work in this area continues to be strong as through workshops and one and one discussions practitioners are educated on ways to safeguard their creations.

The industries are a force for economic growth and job creation, but perhaps the most notable feature is the capacities towards stimulating far-reaching innovation among our practitioners. The levels of innovation that are being witnessed daily in our communities, educational institutions and from the workshops of entrepreneurs are mind boggling and provides a promise for an even brighter and booming future for local economies in the Caribbean region. The collective value of these intangible and tangible elements that make up the creative industries is not currently available, but certainly the data for specific sub-sectors provides a compelling narrative of the potential that exists. For example, it is estimated that Culture and the Creative Industries contribute 5.2% to the gross domestic product (GDP), generating revenue of USD15 to 20 million annually conservatively and accounting for 3% of total employment.

With the level of creative entrepreneurship that abounds across the island, these figures are only scratching the surface of what actually obtains on the ground. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, will continue to provide the policy framework that is essential to bolster Intangible Cultural Heritage – whether traditional or contemporary.


“Copyright consists of a bundle of different rights held by a creator of literary, artistic, musical or dramatic works. The symbol for copyright is ©, and in some jurisdictions may alternatively be...


A design relates to the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation which, when applied to a product, gives the product a unique appearance. A registered design can be a valuable...


A Trade Mark is a sign that is graphically represented and capable of distinguishing the goods or services of a person, company or legal entity from those of another. A Trade Mark can be comprised of...


A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state (national government) to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention. The...


A geographical indication is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation or characteristics that are essentially attributable to that place of...


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A Geographical Indication (GI) is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess certain qualities or a reputation that are linked to that place of origin.