Minister promotes IP regime to sports, entertainment lawyers

Minister of Financial Services Tara Rivers addressed lawyers within the sports and entertainment industry on Cayman’s intellectual property regime of the Cayman Islands at the 30th annual North American Law Summit earlier this month at The Westin resort.

The summit was held in Cayman for the first time. During the official opening on Nov. 8, Minister Rivers informed attendees, representing record labels, sports teams, athletes and other celebrity clients, of Cayman’s advances in IP and the jurisdiction’s revamped legal framework.

She said, “The Cayman Islands is well-placed to attract the world’s most influential recording artists, filmmakers and athletes, and their support teams, not only as a tourist destination but also as a necessary component of their business within the region, as our legislative framework can protect their brands, image rights and other forms of intellectual property.”

Minister Rivers highlighted Cayman’s updated copyright law, which offers enhanced legal recourse against piracy, and the jurisdiction’s revamped trademarks law, which can address any counterfeit goods related to celebrity merchandise and retail goods in Cayman. She said further actions were planned to better protect patents and design rights.

“Ultimately, the Cayman Islands has taken a number of steps to modernize our IP regime and the result is that the jurisdiction can now offer a full suite of IP protection,” Ms. Rivers said.

The summit featured members of several legal fraternities, such as the American Bar association Sports and Entertainment Law Section, the New York State Bar association IP Law Section, and the Georgia Bar association.