Nice Classification system

Please be advised that the World Intellectual Property Office has announced that the eleventh (11th ) edition of the Nice Classification system has become effective, January 1, 2017. Accordingly, JIPO will classify goods and services based on the 11th edition of the Nice Classification of goods and services for all applications filed after January 1, 2017.

New Trade Marks, Designs & Geographical Indications Manager

We are pleased to inform you that Ms. Adrienne Thompson is the newly appointed Trade Marks, Designs and Geographical Indications Manager at the JIPO, effective October 18, 2016.

Ms. Thompson is an Attorney-at-Law with over eleven years of professional experience gained in the fields of Intellectual Property Law and Medicinal Chemistry Research. She was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2013, recognized to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2009 and licensed to practice law in Missouri, U.S.A. in 2008. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University Law School, Louisiana and Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Vassar College, New York.
We are pleased to have Ms. Thompson join the management team. We are confident that the wealth of her experience and qualifications in the area of IP law will be an asset to JIPO and Jamaica, as we continue to pave the path to growth and development through the protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

New Copyright and Related Rights Manager

JIPO is pleased to announce that Ms. Sophia Clarke, LLB (Hons), LLM (IP), has been appointed the Copyright and Related Rights Manager, effective Monday, 14th March, 2016.

Ms. Clarke is an Attorney-at-Law with over twenty-five years of professional office management experience gained mostly in the field of IP Law in the UK. Ms. Clarke’s professional qualifications include the LLM in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London, which she gained in 2001. She completed the UK Legal Practice Course, including Intellectual Property Law, at Inns of Court School of Law in 2004. She was called to the Jamaican Bar in 2015.

We are pleased to have Ms. Clarke join the management team.


“Copyright consists of a bundle of different rights held by a creator of literary, artistic, musical or dramatic works. The symbol for copyright is ©, and in some jurisdictions may alternatively be...


A design relates to the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation which, when applied to a product, gives the product a unique appearance. A registered design can be a valuable...


A Trade Mark is a sign that is graphically represented and capable of distinguishing the goods or services of a person, company or legal entity from those of another. A Trade Mark can be comprised of...


A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state (national government) to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention. The...


A geographical indication is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation or characteristics that are essentially attributable to that place of...


Traditional knowledge typically distinguishes one community from another. For some communities, traditional knowledge takes on a personal and spiritual meaning. Traditional knowledge can also reflect...
A Geographical Indication (GI) is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess certain qualities or a reputation that are linked to that place of origin.