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Bahrain – Trademarks

 

From Filing to Registration: Approximately 18 Months

Convention Priority: N/A

Classification of Goods/Service: International (10th edition)

Multiple Class Applications: N/A

Procedure: Once the application is filed, it is queued to be examined as to trademark registrability. Accepted applications by the Registrar are published in the Official Gazette. There are 60 days period open for filing an opposition by any interested party. In the absence of an opposition, the published trademark is registered, and the certificate of registration is issued.

Registration Validity: 10 years, renewable for other consecutive periods, each of which is 10 years.

Renewal Time: Application for Renewal should be submitted prior to expiry date. Late renewal can also be submitted within 6 months as of the termination of the protection period with payment of a surcharge.

Trade/Service mark Use: Not pre-requisite for registration. However, a trademark is vulnerable for cancellation by any interested party, who may prove that the trademark was not actually used during the five years preceding the application for cancellation.

Requirements:

Trademark/Service Mark Applications

1. Power of Attorney duly legalized up the Bahrain Consulate or with an Apostille certification, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention).
2. Copy of certificate of home or any foreign application or registration, with an Apostille certification; or certificate of incorporation, with an Apostille certification; or certificate from the chamber of commerce indicating the nature of business, with an Apostille certification.
3. Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, legalized.
4. Applicant's details (name, address, nationality, etc.).
5. Eight prints of the mark, if it is a device mark.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Registrations

1. Power of Attorney duly legalized up the Bahrain Consulate or with an Apostille certification, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention.
2. Simple copy of the registration certificate

Assignment Applications

1. Power of Attorney duly legalized up the Bahrain Consulate or with an Apostille certification, if the Assignee home country is a member of the Apostille Convention. 

2. Deed of assignment, signed by both parties, duly legalized up the Bahrain Consulate or certified by Apostille, if the assignee home country is a member of the Apostille Convention.

Change of Name/Address Applications

1. Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly legalized up the Bahrain Consulate or with an Apostille certification, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention).
2. An official certificate proving the change of name and/or address; duly legalized up the Bahrain Consulate or (certified by Apostille, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention) or a letter from the owner of the trademark to this effect addressed to the Registrar.

Registered User Applications

1. Power of attorney by the registered user, duly legalized up to the Bahrain Consulate or with an Apostille certification
2. Power of attorney by the registered original owner of the trademark simply signed and stamped with the corporate seal.
3. A license agreement or a registered user agreement duly legalized up the Bahrain Consulate or (certified by Apostille, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention).

Amendment Applications

1. A letter from the mark proprietors addressed to the Trademark Registrar in Bahrain requesting to effect the required amendment.
2. Seven prints of the amended trademark/service mark.

Agency Agreement

1. Power of attorney duly legalized up to the Consulate of Bahrain or (certified by Apostille, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention).
2. An Agency Agreement executed by the Principal and the Agent, legalized up to the Consulate of Bahrain.

 

Bahrain – Patents

 

Patent Protection Period: 20 Years

Annuity Payments: Applicable After the issuance of letters patent certificate

From Filing to Grant:

Convention Priority: Yes

Novelty: Absolute

Filing Language: Specifications, claims, abstract, drawings and related documents should be translated into Arabic if they are in English and into English and Arabic if they are in a third language.

PCT: Bahrain is contracting state of PCT

Time Limit for Entering PCT National Phase: 30 months

Procedure: Once the patent application is filed, it is queued to be examined by Bahrain Patent Office with respect to compliance with formalities. The Patent Office may require whatever amendments it deems necessary to bring the application into conformity with the law. Approved applications are published in the Official Gazette and are rendered open to public inspection. In absence of any opposition, the letters patent is issued.

Requirements

Filing Requirements of Patent

1. Power of Attorney notarized and legalized up to Bahrain consulate or with an Apostille certification, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention.
2. An extract from the Commercial Register or from the Memorandum of Association, if the applicant is a company, duly legalized up to an Arab consulate.
3. One copy of the English specification and claims together with its Arabic translation.
4. One set of the drawings relating to the invention, if any.
5. An abstract of the invention of no more than 200 words, together with the best explanatory diagram.
6. A deed of assignment signed by the inventor and the applicant and duly legalized up to an Arab consulate, if the applicant is not the inventor.
7. A certified copy of the application giving the filing date, number and country, if the application is to be filed with a priority claim.

Assignment Applications

1. Power of Attorney from the assignee notarized and legalized up to Bahrain consulate or with an Apostille certification, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention.
2. A deed of assignment executed by both parties and duly legalized /Apostilled.

Registered User/License Agreement Applications

1. Power of Attorney notarized and legalized up to Bahrain consulate or with an Apostille certification, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention.
2. License agreement executed by both parties and duly legalized /Apostilled.

Change of Name/Address Applications

1. Power of Attorney notarized and legalized up to Bahrain consulate or with an Apostille certification, if the applicant’s home country is a member of the Apostille Convention.
2. A certificate proving the change of name or address issued by a competent authority of the applicant’s domicile duly legalized /Apostilled.

 

Bahrain – Designs

 

Design Protection Period: 10 years from filing date renewable for one term of 5 years.
Convention Priority: Yes
Novelty: Absolute
Annuity Payments: A maintenance fee is due annually on the anniversary of the date of publication. There is a 6-month grace period for late payment with a surcharge.

Filing Language: All related documents should be translated into Arabic if they are in English and into English and Arabic if they are in a third language.

Filing Requirements for Design Application:

1. Power of attorney, Aposttiled or duly legalized up to the consulate of Bahrain.
2. Copy of home or any foreign registration, Aposttiled or duly legalized up to the consulate of Bahrain.
3. 3 representation of the design.
4. Description of the design.
5. Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, Certified.

All the above documents must be submitted at the time of filing.

Assignment Applications

1. A signed Power of Attorney, Aposttiled or duly legalized up to the consulate of Bahrain.
2. A deed of assignment signed by the assignor and the assignee Aposttiled or duly legalized up to the consulate of Bahrain.

Change of Name/Address Applications

1. A signed Power of Attorney, Aposttiled or duly legalized up to the consulate of Bahrain.
2. A letter from the proprietors addressed to the Registrar of Trademarks in Bahrain stating their request to effect the change of name or address.

Registered User Applications

1. A Power of Attorney, Aposttiled or duly legalized up to the consulate of Bahrain.
2. A license agreement or a registered user agreement Aposttiled or duly legalized up to the consulate of Bahrain.