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Intellectual property and data protection

The Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office is a division of the Cayman government's General Registry Division, and allows for registration of trademarks, patents, copyrights and design rights. Since 2015, the Cayman Islands government has steadily introduced legislative measures with the aim of improving the rights and protections of holders of intellectual property developers and holders, and facilitating further IP-related business in the jurisdiction.

The Cayman Islands does yet not have in force formal data protection legislation. However, the Data Protection Law 2017 (DPL) was passed by the Cayman Islands' Legislative Assembly on 27 March 2017 and will come into effect in September 2019.

Generally, the DPL imposes strict regulations on entities handling personal data (data controllers), while simultaneously giving greater legal entitlements to persons whose data is being processed.