Ministry of Legal Affairs


Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office was created on the 1st December, 1997 (Section 3 of the Patents Act, 1996) and is situated at 3rd Floor, Capital Plaza, 11 – 13 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad. A department within the Ministry of Legal Affairs, the department is the local government agency responsible for handling the registration and conflict resolution of intellectual property rights.

The IPO presently operates under the following legislation

  1. The Patents Act, 1996 (Act No. 21 of 1996), the Patent Validation Act, 1999 (Act No. 5 of 1999) and the Patents Amendment Act, 2000 (Act No. 54 of 2000) 
  2. The Trade Marks Act (Chapter 82:81) and Amendments (Act No. 17 of 1994, No. 25 of 1996, No. 31 of 1997)
  3. The Geographical Indications Act, 1996 (Act No. 20 of 1996)
  4. The Industrial Designs Act, 1996 (Act No. 18 of 1996)
  5. The Layout-Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Act, 1996 (Act No. 19 of 1996)
  6. The Protection of New Plant Varieties Act, 1997 (Act No. 7 of 1997)
  7. The Copyright Act, 1997 (Act No. 8 of 1997) and the Copyright Amendment Act, 2008 (Act No.5 of 2008)
  8. The Protection Against Unfair Competition Act, 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996)
  9. The Miscellaneous Amendments Act, 2000 (Act No. 18 of 2000)


  1. National IP policy that promotes Trinidad & Tobago competitiveness and growth
  2. A society that regards intellectual property systems as a tool for economic development
  3. A more inventive society
  4. To maintain lead as the model IPO for the Caribbean
  5. Accession to other International Treaties so as to be compliant with WIPO/WTO best practices to be able to ably respond to new and emerging global IP issues
  6. To provide greater education, information and training programs


  1. To increase the human resource capacity of the Office through the implementation of the revised staff structure
  2. To position the IPO in an optimal trade or business environment
  3. Provide patent information services
  4. Establish an Intellectual Property Academy in the IPO
  5. To foster greater inventiveness in the society
  6. To provide greater education, information and training programs
  7. Host the Headquarters for the Regional Patent Administration in the Caribbean
  8. Establish a Copyright Tribunal and a designated Industrial Property Court