Knowledge for Development

IP in the Caribbean

This folder highlights organizations, private sector initiatives and collaborative partnerships in the Caribbean that are addressing various aspects of intellectual property rights in relation to agriculture and genetic resources.

Barbados Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO)

The Intellectual Property Section of CAIPO is responsible for administering Barbados' intellectual property rights system and for advising the Ministry of Economic Development on the technical and policy issues that underlie Barbados' intellectual property rights regime. The site offers information on patents and plant breeders' rights.


Directory of National Authorities on Intellectual Property

Foreign Trade Information System (SICE) for the Caribbean and Central America, maintained by the Organization of American States (OAS) Trade Unit.


Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO)

JIPO undertakes activities to develop and protect intellectual property rights in Jamaica, with the aim of facilitating business competitiveness. JIPO is intended to streamline, modernize and provide a focal point for the administration of both industrial property and copyright and related rights, in order for it to fulfil its bilateral and multilateral obligations in the field of intellectual property. JIPO administers IP systems such as the registration of trade marks, industrial designs and geographical indications, the administration of copyright and related rights, and the patent system, new plant varieties and layout-designs (topographies) act.



REDBIO, the Technical Cooperation Network on Plant Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean aims to accelerate the process of adaptation, generation, transfer and application of plant biotechnology in order to contribute to the solution of crop production constraints and genetic resources conservation for the countries of the region.


Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

The IPO aims to stimulate creative effort in industry and commerce by developing and promoting appropriate legislation for the protection of all forms of intellectual effort internationally. IPO has two branches covering industrial property rights (including new plant varieties), and copyright and related rights. The Republic of T&T was the first Anglo-Caribbean Country to be reviewed by the TRIPS Council, and is one of the few countries in the Caribbean to have enacted legislation for the protection of new plant varieties (1997). Trinidad and Tobago has benefited from technical assistance from WIPO in the form of training, workshops, symposia and expert missions.


UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

ECLAC´s Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, publishes a quarterly bulletin, Science and Technology in the Caribbean that includes articles on issues related to IP.