The Trade Marks Act 1999 as amended provides for local trademark registration with effect from the date of application. There is no provision for extension of registration of UK trade marks as provided in several other Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions. International priority is available.
Trade and service marks can be registered under the Nice Classification system. No local use or intent to use is necessary prior to application but failure to use a mark within a period of five years following registration may subject the mark to an action for cancellation by the Registry or Court. The registration term is 10 years and is renewable for like periods of 10 years.
Jamaica, part of the Greater Antilles, is known to be one of the largest islands in the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus visited the island in 1494 when the Arawak Indians inhabited the island. The Spanish established themselves on the island until 1655 when the British took over. Jamaica remained under British control until August 6, 1962 when it gained its independence. Its capital is Kingston and the official language is English.
Jamaica has a diverse economy with state and private sector enterprises, both being the prominent contributors to the economy. The frontrunners of revenue are tourism and mining, but other major economic sectors of Jamaica include agriculture, manufacturing, and financial services. The island is comprised of well-developed infrastructure including modern roads and airports. Jamaica is the fourth largest country in the Caribbean and contains a beautiful mountain range known as the Blue Mountains. Jamaica is also riddled with several gleaming bays and tranquil beaches that bring hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.