Population: 55,000 (estimated 2012)
: 181 km2
Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
Legal System: mixed legal system of US and English common law, customary law, and local statutes
Patent Registration and Protection in the Republic of Marshall Islands
There are no patent laws in the Marshall Islands. However, we understand the Government is currently working on draft legislation.
Trade Mark Registration and Protection in the Republic of Marshall Islands
It is not possible to register a trade mark in the Marshall Islands as there is no legislation which provides for it. The only way to claim and assert rights in a trade mark in the Marshall Islands is through common law and is based on use of the mark and the public awareness of the mark and the goods/services which it covers.
The most effective strategy to protect trade mark rights in the Marshall Islands is to publish a cautionary notice in a local newspaper and to also make genuine use of the mark in this jurisdiction.
We regularly prepare and arrange publication of cautionary notices in the Marshall Islands for our clients who wish to assert their trade mark rights in this jurisdiction.