We advise you to execute a trademarks search for existing trademarks before applying for your trademark protection.
The register for Sint Maarten trademarks contains all the filed and registered trademarks which are valid in Sint Maarten. This includes all national and international registered trademarks in Sint Maarten.
A trademark search can be executed by yourself (for free) via the Sint Maarten register or via the assistance of a trademark agent or lawyer.
This search can give an indication as to which trademarks are already registered. However, it can never be guaranteed that you will not get into a conflict with a third party. In the first place, other rights than registered older trademarks can cause problems. This applies particularly to trade names but also, for example, to copyrights or design law. Moreover, it is difficult to predict who might object to your trademark and on what grounds they might object. Your chance of success depends on all the actual and legal circumstances of that particular case.
You can hire a trademark agent or a lawyer specialized in intellectual property to do the research. Specialist knowledge is required to carry out a research and, more importantly, to interpret the results properly and estimate the risks. A lot of companies do not have the necessary expertise and it is therefore a good idea for them to seek assistance from an expert.