Registration in the Sint Maarten register at BIP SXM is always automatically valid in Sint Maarten. A Sint Maarten registration will allow you to take action against the use or registration of your trademark or a confusingly similar sign or logo within Sint Maarten. You can take action not only against subsequent Sint Maarten trademarks, but also against all trademarks valid in Sint Maarten, including international trademarks that are valid in Sint Maarten.
Protection outside Sint Maarten is also a possibility, and is advisable if you plan to sell your products and services outside Sint Maarten. There are various options available for protection outside Sint Maarten, which all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Which particular system you choose will depend on numerous factors, and effective protection relies on choosing the system that is most suited to your specific situation. As a rule of thumb, the protection should match the market in which you operate: it should neither overall be too limited nor too extensive. It is important to protect your trademark where you are using it and where protection is therefore necessary. Protection in a larger area can entail unnecessary risks, and can even cause you to lose your rights.
Choosing a protection system is therefore an important step in the process. We advise you to research the different systems thoroughly.