Disintegration of the Netherlands Antilles: recently confirmed information
The Bureau for Intellectual Property from Curacao has officially confirmed that for one year they will be in charge of the Bureau for Intellectual Property from St.Maarten.
The official fees for St.Maarten have also been confirmed and Curacao will maintain the former AN fees.
Only for Caribbean Netherlands (BES Islands) re-registration of an existing AN registration is required. For Curacao and St.Maarten the existing AN registrations will remain in force until the next renewal date. Only at the time of renewal the trademark owner has to indicate whether he wishes for renewal oly in one country or both countries.
As to the country codes, CW has been unanimous approved for Curacao as well as BQ for Caribbean Netherlands, while the code NM applied for St.Maarten has not been approved. It needs a second round of voting according to information we just received upon our inquiry at WIPO.
Last Update: 28.10.2010
Sources: G.A. Winkel SR.N.V.