The regulations implementing the industrial design law in Bahrain, law no. 6 issued back on April 29, 2006, came into force in the country on February 26, 2010. The most important feature of the new regulations is that they contain provisions on the payment of annuities for the first time in the country. However, it is worth noting that, even though the implementing regulations are now in force, the Bahraini Patent Office is still working on its setup in preparation for the new regulations and so settlement of annuities is still not possible at this stage. We will be commenting on further developments in this regard in due course.

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