Bahrain

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

11th edition – single class application

SEARCH

Possible for word and device marks

EXAMINATION

On formal, absolute, and relative grounds

OPPOSITION

60 days from publication date

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods

USE

Vulnerable to cancellation if mark has not been used for 5 years from filing

EXTENSION OF TIME

Not possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions

TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Berne Convention, Brussels Convention, Hague Convention, Paris Convention, Patent Law Treaty, Rome Convention, Trademark Law Treaty, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances & Phonograms Treaty, Madrid Protocol, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Nice Agreement, GCC Patent Law


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of incorporation, with an Apostille certification/legalized; or certificate from the chamber of commerce indicating the nature of business, with an Apostille certification/legalized
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified

What you need to know

  • All the documents must be submitted at the time of filing

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • Grace period of 6 months

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of change of name/address, with Apostille certification/legalized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

ASSIGNMENT

What you need to know

  • Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned
  • May be recorded for registrations only

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, with Apostille certification/legalized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, with Apostille certification/legalized

What you need to know

  • License recordal is not compulsory but advisable in order to be effective against third parties
  • May be recorded for registrations only
  • Separate POAs are required from the licensee and licensor

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

EQUIVALENT SEARCH

Published and granted patents may be searched by title, abstract, inventor(s), priority information, subject matter and patentee(s) name

OPPOSITION

60 days from grant and publication of patent

EXAMINATION

As to form, novelty, inventiveness, industrial applicability, unity and compliance

ANNUITIES

Due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date and payable after grant. 6 months grace period for late payment with a surcharge

PUBLICATION

Published in the official gazette after grant

PROTECTION TERM

20 years from the international filing date


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, with Apostille certification, along with drawings
  • Assignment from inventors with Apostille certification
  • Complete specifications in English
  • Copy of International Application and publication
  • Copy of the International Search Report
  • Complete specifications in Arabic

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Extract from the commercial register showing old and new names/addresses, with Apostille certification

What you need to know

  • Documents must be translated into Arabic upon submission

ASSIGNMENT

What you need to know

  • Documents must be translated into Arabic upon submission

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • Documents must be translated into Arabic upon submission

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date

EXAMINATION

As to form, novelty and industrial applicability

APPLICATION WITH MULTIPLE FIGURES

Admissible for up to 50 figures

RENEWAL

A maintenance fee is due annually on the date of first publication.
There is a 6-month grace period for late payment with a surcharge

LOCARNO CLASSIFICATION

No

OPPOSITION

No provisions


Registration

Filing Requirements

  • POA, legalized 
  • Copy of home or any foreign registration, legalized
  • Representation of the design
  • Description of the design
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, legalized

What you need to know

  • All documents must be submitted at the time of filing

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • Allowed for one term of 5 years

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