Bahrain

Trademarks

Trademarks

Trademark Law No.11 of 2006. Rights are acquired by registration, yet prior use is a ground to oppose an application. Convention/Bodies Paris Convention, Berne, GCC Patent Office, WIPO, WTO.

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Patents

Patents

Patent applications are filed as per Patent and Utility Models Law No. 1 of 2004 and subsequent amendment under Law No. 14 of 2006. Duration Twenty years starting from the filing date of the non PCT patent applications.  For PCT national phase applications, twenty years starting from the PCT filing date. The term of protection is non-extendable.

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Designs

Designs

As per Patent and Utility Models Law No. 1 of 2004 and subsequent amendment under Law No. 14 of 2006. Duration 10 years from the filing date, renewable for an additional term of 5 years (total 15 years). Annuity Annuities are applicable on the anniversary of the design publication date.

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Copyrights

Copyrights

Copyright is protected in Bahrain under Law No. 22 of 2006 related to Copyright and Neighboring Rights. Although Bahrain is member of Berne Convention, and as such protection of Copyright does not require formality, however as a proof of ownership, Bahrain has procedure for registration of Copyright through a formal procedure.

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