WIPR Influential Women in IP 2019
IP office interview: Saint Lucia
An unwillingness to invest in IP is one of the
biggest challenges facing Saint Lucia’s IP
registry, but registrar Peronia Browne is
determined to tackle it.
aint Lucia has some of the lowest
trademark registration fees in the
Caribbean, with fees ranging from
EC$100 to $150 ($37 to $55), so it’s
somewhat surprising that many are unwilling to
pay the cost of registration,” says Peronia Browne,
registrar of Saint Lucia’s Registry of Companies and
The lack of interest is one of the biggest challenges
facing the island’s IP registry and can be attributed
to a mindset which lacks IP knowledge, something
Browne is set on changing.
“We are passionate about our work and we
strive towards getting as much done as possible.
We’re constantly attending workshops and putting
together our own activities to ensure that the mindset
is being changed.
“If people have more education about IP, they
will become more aware of the many benefits of
protecting their work,” Browne adds.
Building IP awareness has not come without its
own challenges. The staff at the registry are already
overburdened due to a lack of sufficient human
resources—the office deals with both IP and company
registration with a staff complement of nine. Three
employees are tasked with covering all the IP duties.
We need to
role models and
so that innovators
can have someone
to look up to.
Table 1: Saint Lucia patent and trademark filings
Patents received Trademarks filed
2014 10 433
2015 7 394
2016 5 369
2017 3 325
2018 2 286
Last year, two patent applications and 286
applications were received on the island but, given the
small size of the office, the filings have kept Browne
busy (Table 1). In a normal day Browne (who has a
very hands-on approach) examines new trademark
applications and processes user documents, along
with fulfilling her duties as the company registrar for