TEPA Newsletter – March 2016

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Early this year Cabinet passed a conclusion that put the wheels in motion to merge two offices currently under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs.The Small Business Development Centre… Read More…[/column]

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Champions of Furniture Makers

he owners of Inside Out have collaborated with TEPA and as part of their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to engage the local market for furniture. The community of Choiseul is well known for its peculiar artistic… Read More…[/column]

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EXPO 2016 Shifted to 2017

TEPA earlier this month took a decision after much discussion and deliberation at the Ministry, Board and Staff level to reschedule EXPO 2016 to February 23-26, 2017. This decision was taken largely in part to allow more time for planning… Read More… [/column]

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TEPA Sponsors Jazz Sampler

As a fringe event to the main local jazz festival the Jazz Sampler seeks to integrate developmental aspects of the music business into their programme. TEPA agreed that the program offered to attendees touched on many areas that we would have offered… Read More… [/column]

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CHEMICO Staff Trained

Mr. Thomas Roserie having been tutored at TEPA on market research techniques had found the information imparted to him so useful that he made a special request to have members of his team at CHEMICO trained in the use of these tools. In March 2015 Mr. Roserie participated in the….Read More… [/column]

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Update on TEPA Internship

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between TEPA and the BCCC St Lucia was signed recently in Saint Lucia and the first action under that MOU, Ms Andrena Simon, Marketing & Promotion Officer with TEPA bas been working within the BCCC’s international trade team in Yorkshire, UK…Read More… [/column]

Introduction to Trade Information Product

If you are serious about exporting or even about increasing your domestic market share you can only achieve these goals by knowing, obtaining and operating at internationally accepted standards. Want to know more? Contact the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards or check out this link https://exportsaintlucia.org/standards/



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ASK Anthony

This issue of Ask Anthony seeks to address some Intellectual Property (IP) terms.

What is a Trademark?

A. Trademark is a distinctive sign which identifies certain good/services as those produced or provided by a specific person or organisation. The origin of trademarks dates back to ancient times, when craftsmen reproduced their signatures or marks on their artistic or utilitarian products. Trademarks helps consumer identify and purchase a product/service because its nature and quality, indicated by its unique trademark meets their needs.

What does a Trademark do?

A. Trademarks provide protection to the owner of the mark by ensuring the exclusive right to use it to identify goods/services, or to authorize another to use it in return for payment.


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What kinds of trademarks can be registered?

A. Trademarks may be one or a combination of words, letters and numerals. They consist of drawings, symbols; three dimensional signs such as the shape and packaging of goods, audible signs, fragrances or colour used as distinguishing features.


Source: World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)/ Publication No. L450TM/E. Visit www.wipo.int

Did You Know?

  • Do you know that failure to consider IP rules and regulations in overseas markets when conducting market research, exposes exporters to unnecessary costs and risks which may not only damage the company’s entire export strategy but may also threaten its long-term survival.Source: World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)[/column]

Saint Lucia’s Domestic Exports for March 2016 in Eastern Caribbean Dollars


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