Country : Kingdom Of Bahrain
Capital : Manama
Language : Arabic
Member: Madrid Protocol, Berne Convention, Trademark Law Treaties, Wipo, World Trade Organization Paris Convention, Pct, Cooperation Council of The Arab States Of The Gulf, Arab League, Organization Of The Islamic Conference Opec.
Filing of trademarks in Bahrain:
The Intellectual Property Rights Office of Bahrain is known as the IPO.
• Word marks
• Combination of all of the above
• Non-descriptive of the goods and / or services
• Not be a well known term in the line of business, trade channels of the applicant
• Not be same / similar / identical either visually and / or phonetically to prior registered / pending marks.
1. Marks which do not have distinctive characteristics, or consist of signs or data that comprise of familiar drawings and ordinary pictures of goods and products.
2. Every expression, drawing or sign which is immoral or contrary to public order.
3. Public emblems, flags, military emblems and other symbols of the state, or Arab or international organizations or one of its institutions, or in one of the countries that treat a reciprocal state, or any imitation of such slogans.
4. Symbols of the Red Crescent or Red Cross and other symbols from other similar, as well as signs that are imitations thereof.
5. Marks which are identical or similar to symbols of a purely religious nature.
6. Geographical names if their use is to occur unequivocally regarding the source or origin of the goods or products or services.
7. Name of others or the title or image or logo, without express consent.
8. Marks which are likely to mislead the public, or which contains false statements on the origin or source of products or services or for other characteristics, as well as marks containing the name of a fictitious business, imitated or forged.
9. Marks prohibited by the Ministry of Commerce and Agriculture.
10. Signals identical or similar to a mark previously registered by others for products or services, or signs the registration of which for some products or services degrade the value of the products or services bearing the mark earlier.
It is highly advisable to conduct a search of the proposed mark to ensure that a similar mark has not been applied for by other contenders.
Filing is done with the IP Office.
Once the application is filed, a Preliminary (formality) examination regarding compliance of all the requisites is carried out along with a search for prior existing trademarks and substantive examination.
Post examination, Registrar is to inform the applicant regarding changes to be carried out if any. Within 30 days from the date of filing of the application, the Registrar is to decide on the application.
Once accepted, the mark is to be published in the official gazette. Within 60 days, objection if any from 3rd parties is to be lodged. If no opposition, the mark is then registered and certificate issued.
Post Filing: Failure to use the mark post registration for 5 yrs. continuously could lead to premature termination of the mark.