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Marissa Longsworth was born in Jamaica, and is a naturalized Belizean. She is an Attorney-at-Law with more than 11 years’ overall experience in practice in Belize and Jamaica combined. Apart from general practice areas, her specializations are Internet Law, which includes E-Commerce, E-Governance, and Telecommunications Policy, as well as Intellectual Property Law.

 

EDUCATION:

  • Master of Laws degree with Merit specializing in Internet Law & Policy in 2014 from Strathclyde University based in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Faculty of Law, Barbados

  • Associate’s Degree in Arts (History & Literature) from St. John’s College Junior College in Belize City 

  • Certified in Intellectual Property Management and Advanced Copyright & Related Rights from the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

 

APPOINTMENTS & POSITIONS HELD:

  • Notary Public- Belize (since 2017; indefinite commission)

  • Court-Connected Arbitrator- High Court of Belize

  • Deputy Chairperson on the Cayman Islands Government's 'Trade Mark Appeals' and 'Copyright' tribunals from 2021-present, and the 'Design Rights Tribunal' from 2021-2024.

  • Honorary Consul of Canada resident in Belize (until 2027)

  • Past President & Member of the Executive Council of the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (the BCCI)

  • Member of Board of Directors- Marie Sharp Fine Foods Limited (Belize) 

  • Consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization for projects in Trinidad & Tobago and Belize

  • Consultant on intellectual property projects through Caribbean Export Development Agency, Government of Belize and NGOs

  • UNESCO Caribbean Evaluator of Project Proposals for Creative Caribbean Fund (2023)

  • Former Member- Belize Labour Complaints Tribunal

  • Former Member- Belize National Trade Negotiating Commission

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • In-House Attorney for CILGlobal IP Limited (Belize), which specializes in intellectual property management services

  • Manager of the Copyright & Related Rights Directorate at the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), a statutory body of the Government of Jamaica

  • Legal Advisor at the Gleaner Company (Media) Limited

  • Tutor- Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica)

COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE

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