Trademark registration process in BVI: applying for trademark registration in the British Virgin Islands is a process that is handled by an approved agent, and at Coddan we can do it for you. After we receive your details we'll get to work to ensure your trademark is properly registered and therefore protected from infringement.
The Financial Services Commission's Registry of Corporate Affairs is where we submit our clients' trademark applications. Applicants must include an official request for registration of the trademark, details about the products or services it represents, a sample of the trademark, information about the applicant, and any other supporting documentation.
Applications for trademark registration in the BVI must also confirm if the trademark is currently being used with the agreement of the applicant and if the private company plans to use the trademark on its products and services. If all of these requirements are met and submitted, the Registry of Corporate Affairs will accept the application and the examination process will begin. If it's approved, the trademark will be published in the Registry's Gazette for all to see.
The trademark will then be protected under national and international laws and treaties, including the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, for a period of 10 years, after which it can be renewed for a further 10. We can remind you when the expiration time is nearing and handle a renewal for you if that's your intention.
You will need to bear in mind that the grounds for refusing to approve a limited company trademark are if it's a sign and not an actual trademark; if it doesn't have any particular defining characteristics that make it unique from others; and if the trademark has been made in bad faith, among other prohibitions.