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When you are filling in the application form to register a trademark for Sint Maarten, you are requested to provide a list of goods and/or services.
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A patent (in Dutch: ‘octrooi’) is an exclusive right to an invention that means that you can prevent someone from commercially exploiting your invention. A patent is a useful tool that will help you stop other parties hitching a free ride on the success of your invention. Patents also give you a stronger hand in your dealings with investors and future partners. However, a patent does require a substantial financial investment.

All patents contain information on the applicant and inventor, along with a description of the invention. All patents all over the world are used to describe innovative products and processes. This allows users to find answers to such questions as:

  • Does my invention already exist?
  • What products and techniques are there already?
  • Who are my potential customers and suppliers?
  • What are my competitors up to?
  • Who are my potential (commercial) partners and collaborators?
  • How do I decide on a strategic innovation policy?

NB. Patents are regulated by Kingdom Law.

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