Law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne
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Practice Areas

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property, often referred to as IP, is a number of distinct types of legal monopolies over creations of the mind. Under IP laws, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets. Common types of intellectual property include copyright laws and industrial properties such as patents, trademarks, industrial design rights and trade secrets.

Intellectual Property is increasingly important in today’s business practice. The islands have up-to-date legislation and are signatories to various international conventions relating to the protection of intellectual property. VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is a strategic partner and advisor in the management of intellectual property.

We have the expertise on both the national and international level and are a member of international organizations such as the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Industrial (ASIPI).

Our specialists provide a broad range of services that vary from advice on transferring certain intellectual property rights and the establishment of security thereon, to the drafting of franchise and license agreements and litigating in extensive infringement cases. We also provide registration and maintenance services for trademarks (including international registrations) and patents.

TRADEMARKS PROSECUTION AND ENFORCEMENT

For information regarding trademark prosecution and enforcement, please consult the Trademark Guides below. For additional questions please send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Trademark Guide Aruba
Trademark Guide Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES Islands)
Trademark Guide Curacao
Trademark Guide St. Maarten

Power of Attorney Aruba
Power of Attorney Curacao
Power of Attorney St. Maarten



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As you may be aware, on 10 October 2010, the Netherlands Antilles, comprising the islands of Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius (the “Islands”), has formally ceased to exist. Please click
here for an overview of the headlines of the consequences of the dismantlement of the Netherlands Antilles for trademark registration and protection on the different islands.
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Recently we have assisted:
  • A local retail company on the restructuring of its trademark portfolio
  • Adidas in a major counterfeit dispute in Curacao
  • Advising on structuring worldwide IP-portfolios
  • AOB architects in the infringement of copyrights regarding the design of the Shaarei Tzedek Synagogue in Curacao
  • Cinemark regarding all the aspects of the opening of the new movie theatre at Sambil; from establishing the corporate structure to the registration of the Cinemark trademark
  • Glaxxo Smith Kline, G-Star, Nutricia and Philip Morris, amongst others, in infringement cases
  • K-Swiss in trademark infringement proceedings in Curacao
  • K-Swiss, Nike, Nutricia and many others in counterfeit injunction proceedings
  • Publisher of road maps in copyrights-infringement proceedings
  • Seizure of a large number of image carriers in Curacao and Aruba
  • Several clients on raids against counterfeit all over the Dutch Caribbean
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