The Intellectual Property Office of St. Kitts and Nevis was established by s. 3 of the Patents Act (Cap 18.25) and is a Government department operating within the Ministry of Justice, Legal Affairs and Communications. Historically, the functions of the Office fell under the umbrella of the High Court Registry but, in order to give focused attention to intellectual property matters, the IPOSKN became a standalone department within the Ministry in 2011.
What We Do
The responsibilities of the IPOSKN include:
- Administering all laws relating to intellectual property
- Processing applications for, administering and granting intellectual property rights, where applicable
- Carrying out studies, programmes and activities regarding intellectual property
- Promoting creativity and inventiveness among citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis
- Raising public awareness on intellectual property rights and issues
- Collaborating with national, regional and international bodies, agencies or institutions, whether public or private, to promote the advancement of people through science, culture, commerce or any art insofar as intellectual property is concerned.