The Registry of Companies and Intellectual Property was established by an Act of Parliament No. 12 of 2000 (now Cap. 13.02 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia)-Companies and Intellectual Property (Registry) Act. The Act aims to provide for the creation and administration of an efficient companies and Intellectual property registry.
The main objectives of the Registry are as follows:
- To create efficient administration of company and intellectual property matters.
- To maintain an updated filing system for companies, business names, partnerships and intellectual property.
- To ensure easy access to information filed at the Registry.
- To generate a level of enforcement and awareness of treaties and legislation pertaining to companies and intellectual property; and
- To register companies, business names, partnerships and intellectual property.
The Registry is responsible for the administration of the following legislation:
- Companies Act and Regulation, Cap. 13.01.
- Registration of Business Names Act and Rules, Cap 13.03.
- Partnerships (Commercial Code)
- Lay-out Designs (Topographies) Integrated Circuits Act, Cap 13.16
- Geographical Indications Act and Regulations, Cap. 13.14
- Copyright Act Cap. 13.07
- Industrial Designs Act and Regulations Cap. 13.29
- Protection against unfair Competition Act Cap. 13.28
- Trademarks Act and Regulations Cap. 13.30
- Patents (Commercial Code--UK re-registration). A new Act will be implemented soon.