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Patents

What is a patent? A patent is the title given to protect an invention. This title gives the owner the exclusive rights to use, make, or sell the invention for a limited period of time. An invention is a product or a process which solves a specific problem in the field of technology...

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About Companies Legal and Investment Advice Types of Company Setting up a Company Tax and Social Security Non-profit Companies External Companies International Business Companies ABOUT COMPANIES Not all businesses are companies ...

Trade Marks

What is a trade mark? A trade mark is the visible sign used to distinguish the goods (“trade mark”) or services (“service Mark”) of an enterprise. A trade mark may consist of words, designs, letters, pictures ...

Intellectual Property

The term Intellectual property (IP) refers to the body of works which is the result of a creative human mind or intellect. IP protects the interests of creators in their works giving them property rights over their creations ...

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Who Are We?

The Companies and Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) was established under Part II of the Patent Act, Act 8 of 1999. The CIPO is the National Companies and Intellectual Property Registry for the Commonwealth of Dominica and is a Department of the Ministry of National security and Home Affairs.

The CIPO is responsible for administering legislations, registering and keeping records in relation to Intellectual Property, Companies, Business Names and International Business Companies in Dominica.

Choosing Your Business Name:

  • NOT the same as a name already on the register in Dominica
  • NOT connected to any part of government (unless approved by the Minister)
  • NOT connected to a political party or its leader
  • NOT give a false impression of who will be employed
  • NOT give a false impression of where its products or services will come from

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Frequently Asked Questions

Any person, who is over eighteen years of age, is of sound mind and does not have the status of a bankrupt may incorporate a company.
Person may singly or jointly with others by subscribing to a Memorandum and to Articles, incorporate an International Business Company (IBC).
Any individual, partnership or firm carrying on business in Dominica under a business name other than his or their true names(s) shall register their business in accordance with the Registration of Business Names Act, Chap 78:46 of the Revised Laws of Dominica 1990.
The term Intellectual property (IP) refers to the body of works which is the result of a creative human mind or intellect. IP protects the interests of creators in their works giving them property rights over their creations. IP rights are protected by national laws and international agreements – treaties and conventions.
The Companies and Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) was established under Part II of the Patent Act, Act 8 of 1999. The CIPO is the National Companies and Intellectual Property Registry for the Commonwealth of Dominica and is a Department of the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs

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