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BB - Barbados
Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (Barbados)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (Barbados)
PA: Patents Act, 2001-18, as amended by the Intellectual Property Act, 2006-2
PR: Patent Regulations 1984
List of currencies used in this document:
BBD (Barbados Dollar)
Countries and Offices information:
The list of acronyms used for Offices is no longer shown as it has been integrated in the mouseover functionality for each ST.3 code shown in this document.
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes. It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations and their Offices in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States formerly Annex A.
Office profile
For more technical information about the Office, refer to ePCT Office profile.
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
The Office does not have any reservations, declarations, notifications or incompatibilities.
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Saturday and Sunday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
Two-letter code:
Barbados - Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (Barbados)
Name of Office:
Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (Barbados)
Ground Floor BAOBAB Tower
St. Michael
Mailing address:
Same as above
(1-246) 535 24 01
(1-246) 535 24 02
(1-246) 535 24 44
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
Refer to corresponding Annex C
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - International Bureau of WIPO
Does national legislation restrict the filing of international applications with foreign Offices?
Refer to the Office
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
Refer to corresponding National Phase.
Barbados - Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (Barbados)
Types of protection available via the PCT:
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
Provisional protection after international publication:
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
Must be in the request. If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit fixed in the invitation.
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?

Annex C - Receiving Office

The Office does not act as receiving Office
This Office has delegated its RO functions to RO/IB. Refer to Annex C(IB) for more information.

National Phase

Summary of requirements for entry into the national phase

Time limits applicable for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22(1): 30 months from the priority date
Under PCT Article 39(1)(a): 30 months from the priority date
Translation of international application required into (one of) the following language(s): 1
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase: 1
Under PCT Article 22: Description, claims (if amended, as amended only, together with any statement under PCT Article 19), any text matter of drawings, abstract
Under PCT Article 39(1): Description, claims, any text matter of drawings, abstract (if any of those parts has been amended, only as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
National fees:
Filing fee 1
300 BBD
First annual fee
200 BBD
Due to the new time limit applicable under PCT Article 22, the Office should be consulted for the time limit applicable for the payment of this fee
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis):
If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit fixed in the invitation.
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 2
Statement justifying the applicant’s right to the patent if he is not the inventor 2
Appointment of a patent agent
Who can act as agent?
Any attorney-at-law licensed and registered with the Office to practice as a patent agent in Barbados
A list of agents may be obtained from the Office
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Please refer to the Office

The procedure in the national Phase

Errors in the translation of the international application can be corrected with reference to the text of the international application as filed (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.002 and 6.003).
PR Rules 4, PR Rules 8
The manner of payment of the fees indicated in the Summary and in this Chapter is outlined in Annex BB.I.
PA Sec. 18(2)
If the applicant is not the inventor, a statement by the inventor must be filed justifying the applicant’s right to the invention.
PA Sec. 17(5)
An agent must be appointed by filing a power of attorney. A model is given in Annex BB.II.
PA Sec. 29
They are payable before the second and each subsequent anniversary of the international filing date. For the due date of the payment of the first annual fee, refer to the Summary. Where the applicant failed to pay by the due date, payment can still be made, together with a surcharge for late payment, within the six months following the due date. The amounts of the annual fees are indicated in Annex BB.I.
PA Sec. 28
A fee for grant must be paid before the grant of the patent. The amount of the said fee is indicated in Annex BB.I.
PCT Art. 28, PCT Art. 41, PA Sec. 20
Amendments may be made in the national phase up to the grant of the patent, provided that the scope of the subject matter of the application is not broadened thereby.
PCT Art. 25, PCT Rule 51, PA Sec. 51
The applicable procedure is outlined in paragraphs 6.018 to 6.021 of the National Phase. If, upon review under PCT Article 25, the Office denies an error or omission on the part of the receiving Office or the International Bureau, an appeal against this decision may be lodged to the High Court by a notice of motion within 30 days from the date of receipt of the decision. Any person aggrieved by any decision or act of the Office may lodge an appeal against the decision or act to the High Court.
PCT Art. 24(2), PCT Art. 48(2), PR Rule 44
Where the applicant failed to comply with a time limit during the international phase or before the Office, he may request extension of time. Such request must be addressed to the Office together with an affidavit setting forth the relevant facts and is subject to the payment of a special fee (refer to Annex BB.I). Extension of time may be requested either before or after the expiration of the time. The extension may be granted by the Office for such period as the Office thinks suitable in the circumstances of the case.


Annex BB.I - Fees
Filing fee
300 BBD
Fee for grant
300 BBD
Annual fees:
— before the 2nd anniversary of filing
200 BBD
— before the 3rd anniversary of filing
300 BBD
— before the 4th anniversary of filing
400 BBD
— before the 5th anniversary of filing
500 BBD
— before the 6th anniversary of filing
600 BBD
— before the 7th anniversary of filing
700 BBD
— before the 8th anniversary of filing
800 BBD
— before the 9th anniversary of filing
900 BBD
— before the 10th anniversary of filing
1,000 BBD
— before the 11th anniversary of filing
1,100 BBD
— before the 12th anniversary of filing
1,200 BBD
— before the 13th anniversary of filing
1,300 BBD
— before the 14th anniversary of filing
1,400 BBD
— before the 15th anniversary of filing
1,500 BBD
— before the 16th anniversary of filing
1,600 BBD
— before the 17th anniversary of filing
1,700 BBD
— before the 18th anniversary of filing
1,800 BBD
— before the 19th anniversary of filing
1,900 BBD
Surcharge for late payment of annual fee
100 BBD
Fee for extension of time
50 BBD
How can payment of fees be effected?
Payment must be made in Barbados dollars, but the equivalent amount in a foreign currency that is convertible in Barbados may be accepted. Fees may be paid by cheque, bank draft or money order to the Registrar of the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office or by cash at the Office.
The following documents are maintained by the Office. Refer to the Office website (Annex B) for latest version and other languages.
1 a b c Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
2 a b This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.
Special edition as of 31 October 2023, prepared for EQE candidates printed on 15 Jun 2024