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Caribbean denounces Trump’s decision to put Cuba back on terrorism list; hopes for a reversal with Biden
Some expect the Biden/Harris administration to re-establish a working relationship with the island; other Cuban commentators find that unlikely. Either way, CARICOM wants Cuba taken off the US' terrorism list.

Google Doodle of economist and Nobel laureate Sir Arthur Lewis makes the Caribbean proud
The St Lucian-born economist, who became known for his “Lewis model” of economic development, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1979.

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part III
Reparatory justice can play an important role in dealing with challenges like disease, climate change and COVID-19, all of which pose existential threats to the region.


What is a patent?

A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention which may be a product or  a process that provides a new way of doing something or offers a new technical solution to a problem. A patent prevents others from making, using and selling a patented invention for a fixed period of time. In exchange for this exclusive right, the patent owner is required to disclose the invention.

A patent, therefore, is a powerful business tool for companies to gain exclusivity over a new product or process, develop a strong market position and earn additional revenues through licensing. A complex product such as a camera or a car may incorporate a number of inventions that are covered by several patents which may be owned by different patent holders.

The law governing patents in Saint Lucia

The law governing the procedure for obtaining a patent is the Patents Act No. 16 of 2001 – the draft Regulations are presently with the Attorney General’s Chambers.