Fourth Annual General Meeting of the IPCA

The fourth Annual General Meeting of the Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA) took place on Saturday, 3 November, 2018 at the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon.

During the fourth Annual Meeting of the IPCA, (Intellectual Property Caribbean Association), the organization that deals with the Intellectual Property issue in the Caribbean, the theme was  “(Lack of) Patent protection in the Caribbean: problems and solutions”.

Schurman Advocaten has a growing IP department and was represented with three people at the annual meeting: Miriam Brammerloo, Sajonara Sporkslede and Humphrey Schurman.

Schurman was invited to give a presentation on the subject of patent protection in the region. He started his presentation with an overview of Surinamese patents, including that of Jan Matzeliger, who obtained a patent on his shoe lasting machine on 20 March 1883.

But more Surinamese patents have been applied for and obtained, in various fields. The problem is that you can not apply for a patent in Suriname, let alone that you can develop and promote your product. Schurman argued that the IPCA countries, either jointly or individually, should create the possibility to apply for a patent on inventions. Not only because it can be a profitable business for the inventor and for the country, but also because it will stimulate others and lead to more inventions.

To see the powerpoint presentation, click on this link: IPCA Presentation