Founded in 1882 J.D. Sellier + Co. is the oldest law firm in Trinidad and Tobago, and its Intellectual Property practice group can trace its written records back to 1929. The group provides services covering all aspects of Intellectual Property including trademark, patent and industrial design filings and registrations; entertainment and copyright law; franchising and all commercially related areas. Our Attorneys specialize in anti-counterfeiting, infringement actions and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.
Headed by Brien de Gannes, our Attorneys are involved in the ongoing development of the country’s intellectual property laws and systems, with Brien being the Chairman of an Ad hoc Committee which worked to develop the current TRIPS-compliant intellectual property laws. Ariane Ramnath heads the enforcement and trademark searching and filing portfolio, and has developed an efficient network of intellectual property agents throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America, and is well-positioned to meet our clients’ needs in managing their portfolios on a local and regional basis. Focused on Anti-Counterfeiting Ariane with the support of the firm's Litigation Attorneys has extensive experience in the enforcement of our client's rights seeking injunctive relief before the Courts of Trinidad and Tobago and at the border level involving Customs seizures. The firm has been rated in Tier 1 of MIP’s annual patent and trademark rankings for the past 10 years.
HSM IP has a wealth of intellectual property knowledge, specialising in the Caribbean, Central and Latin America and offshore jurisdictions. Our broad perspective, practical approach and wealth of international experience allow us to offer unique insight into intellectual property issues globally.
Based in the Cayman Islands and supported by HSM Chambers, our experienced team of attorneys and paralegals deliver first class service to a broad client base which includes major Fortune Global 500 brand owners, international law firms and other specialist IP practices. We have substantial experience in taking action to address the infringement of trade marks and patents and in the conduct of passing-off actions. We are also able to offer investigative services to identify the source of, and distributors of, infringing goods, working closely with police and customs officials as necessary.
The success and growth of our firm are due to our keen understanding of our clients’ need for a comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ which encompasses a wide range of services, from initial consultation to searches, registrations, annuity payments and monitoring and renewals. Our interactive database helps us to proactively manage each client’s portfolio efficiently and cost effectively in an environmentally friendly and substantially paperless workplace. It also allows us to fulfil specific reporting and invoicing requirements, including multi-currency invoicing and e-billing. We offer a competitive schedule of fixed fees, inclusive of both disbursements and official fees, which means we can provide clients with an accurate estimate of their project costs before embarking on a global filing programme for their portfolio.
With competitive rates and a highly skilled team, we are well positioned to meet your legal needs. We exemplify accessibility and accountability and believe in providing value in an open and transparent manner.