Law Firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

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.


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

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.

Recently we have assisted:
  • Adidas in a major counterfeit dispute in Curacao
  • Advising on structuring worldwide IP-portfolios
  • Cinemark regarding all the aspects of the opening of the new movie theatre at shopping mall Sambil in Curacao; from establishing the corporate structure to the registration of the Cinemark trademark
  • K-Swiss, Nike, Nutricia and many others in counterfeit injunction proceedings
  • Publisher of road maps in copyrights-infringement proceedings
  • Several clients on raids against counterfeit all over the Dutch Caribbean
  • World-famous brand Havaianas in litigation regarding trademark and copyright infringements before the Joint Court of Justice.
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