Katherine Van Deusen Hely, Esq.
Katherine founded Caribbean IP in 2014 after several years of providing intellectual property services in the Caribbean. She has experience handling all aspects of trademark practice in the English- and Dutch-speaking jurisdictions of the Caribbean region. Upon founding Caribbean IP, she expanded her experience to include Cuban matters.
Since graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School and being admitted to practice, Katherine has focused her practice on the Caribbean. To further her understanding of the Caribbean region's legal systems, she obtained a Legal Education Certificate from the Eugene Dupuch Law School in Nassau, The Bahamas. The Eugene Dupuch Law School is one of three Caribbean law schools established by the Council of Legal Education, which in turn was created by a treaty signed and ratified by the jurisdictions in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
She started her career in Caribbean intellectual property law working with her cousin, George C. J. Moore, an attorney who was well known in the trademarks community for his unique practice in the Caribbean. He was her inspiration to attend law school. She worked periodically at his firm both before and during law school and joined his practice full time upon her admission to the Florida Bar. In addition to working with George as a law student, Katherine interned at the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. She also worked in Vanderbilt’s Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic.
After George passed away in March 2013, Katherine became the sole attorney handling Caribbean trademark and patent matters for the firm that he founded. She maintained and created new personal relationships with a range of clients, including numerous Fortune 500 companies and top-ranked law firms.
Before attending law school, Katherine obtained both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology, from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and the University of Virginia, respectively. Her past work experience includes laboratory research, further solidifying her scientific background. Her research was published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.
Katherine is a member of the Florida Bar and an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). Since 2013, she has served on the INTA Bulletin Committee, rising through the ranks to currently serve as committee Vice Chair. She has authored and co-authored a number of articles on trademark law developments in the Caribbean.
In addition to INTA, Katherine is a member of several other organizations focused on intellectual property law, including The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), Asociacion Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI), European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), Marques, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. She is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
In her free time, Katherine enjoys spending time with her family, Crossfit, and volunteering within her local community.
Feel free to email Katherine directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about protecting your intellectual property in the Caribbean.