Jamaica - Country Commercial Guide
Protecting Intellectual Property

Provides advice on IPR protection, including information on the registration of patents and trademarks.

Last published date: 2022-07-14

Jamaica has one of the stronger intellectual property (IP) protection regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the International Property Rights Index, although legislative and enforcement gaps still exist.  Jamaica is a member of a number of multilateral IP regimes and has signed bilateral agreements with the United States (see Investment Climate Statement (ICS) section on “Intellectual Property Rights” for more details).  U.S. companies can register patents and trademarks through the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), which also supports investors’ efforts to enforce their rights.

Jamaica was removed from the Special 301 Watchlist in 2020 after passing TRIPS-compliant patent and industrial design legislation (see ICS for additional details).    

In any foreign market, companies should consider several general principles for effective management of their intellectual property.  For background, please link to our article on Protecting Intellectual Property and Stopfakes.gov for more resources.

IP Attaché Contact:

Cynthia C. Henderson

Address: U.S. Embassy Mexico City Paseo de la Reforma 305 Colonia Cuauhtémoc 06500 México, D.F.

Telephone: +52 55 5080-5226

E-mail: cynthia.henderson@trade.gov