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Are you a creator? Protect your work
Let's take the guesswork out of your contracts!
your intellectual property is yours – make sure it stays yours.

Intellectual property is increasingly important in today’s business practices. The time, money, and energy invested in developing intellectual property—such as a company name, brand name, domain name, logo, design, invention, product, or original piece of work—is considerable. Developed even further through advertising, marketing, trade shows, and other means, intellectual property can easily become one of a business’s most valuable assets.

Our goal is to help you realize and protect that added value. We provide high-quality work in assisting companies of all sizes with the selection and protection of their IP rights in Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba. Aanic Legal handles all necessary work related to the registering and maintenance of your intellectual property.

Trademarks

Your customers identify your business with your company or brand name, logo, or catchphrase, so it's important to protect these valuable assets. A trademark safeguards these types of intellectual property by preventing others from using them.  

How Aanic Legal can help you:

  • We offer a full range of trademark services, including trademark searches, trademark registration, trademark renewal, trademark assignments, changes of names and addresses, trademark monitoring and enforcement (infringement), IP consultation, and strategic planning. 
  • We counsel clients on how to license their trademarks in the Dutch Caribbean, and in that respect, draft various license agreements for them. 
  • We assist and guide clients in fully assessing and protecting their intellectual property rights when merging and/or acquiring new businesses and forming partnerships such as joint ventures.
  • We also assist our clients in resolving various disputes with their counterparts through arbitration or litigation.

Patents

If you've invented a process or product, it's important to protect your invention with a patent. The Government of Aruba can grant a patent to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in Aruba.

How Aanic Legal can help you:

  • We can assist you with all necessary work related to the registering, maintenance, and protection of your patent rights.
    (As all patent applications can be extremely scientific and technical, we outsource this part to technical experts we have close relationships with.)

Copyright

Copyright is a legal concept giving the creator of an original work of art, literature, or science the exclusive rights to it. Copyright not only allows the copyright holder to “copy” the original work or allow someone else to do so, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work and the right to determine who may adapt, perform, or financially benefit from the work, among other related rights.

With copyright in place, photographers, film directors, authors, painters, poets, artists, journalists, and other creators can charge users who want a copy of their creations. The justification of copyright is to enable creators to financially support themselves and give them a motive to continue creating. 

How Aanic Legal can help you:

  • We can advise you on copyright law and determine whether you have the exclusive right to a piece of work and/or certain kinds of work. 
  • We can assist you in case your copyright is being infringed upon by unauthorized users.
  • We also assist our clients in resolving various disputes with their counterparts through arbitration or litigation.

Domain Names

Foreign nationals or entities are currently not allowed to register their domain names in Aruba.  However, Aanic Legal can register domain names for its foreign clients in Aruba.

For further details about matters related to intellectual property and/or our fee schedule, please contact us.

 

Recent Developments

Aruba Returns with its Fifth International Film Festival

and will introduce a new international film market to the region. 

ORANJESTAD: From October 7-11, the island of Aruba will once again host filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world during its annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF).  Sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, the AIFF has helped strenghthen the island’s position as a mecca for tourism, art and culture. 

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