A trademark is a recognizable sign that distinguishes your products or services from those of your competitors. A trademark can be represented graphically in the form of your company’s logo or signature. Registering your trademark in the Sint Maarten register gives you the exclusive right to use the trademark for certain goods (products) and services ( see: international Nice classification) within Sint Maarten, for a(n) (extendable) period of 10 years.
Established by the Nice Agreement (1957), this system classifies goods and services for the purpose of registering trademarks. It is updated every five years. The system groups products into 45 classes (classes 1-34 include goods and classes 35-45 embrace services) and allows users seeking to trademark a good or service to choose from these classes as appropriate. Since the system is recognized in numerous countries, it makes applying for trademarks internationally a more streamlined process. The classification system is specified by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).