Requirements

Bahrain Design Process

One application can cover only one design.
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 1 to 2 years. 
Annuities are settled yearly
The design registration is valid for 10 years. 
Renewal is allowed for another 5 years.

Bahrain Design Requirements

Summarized description of the design.
Applicant info (name and address).
Power of attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized.
Deed of assignment if the applicant is not the designer.
A certified copy of the priority document in case claimed.
Copy of the commercial certificate document is required.    
Representation of the design

Bahrain Patents FAQ

Is the country part of PCT?   Yes
Is any translation required?   Yes
Is there collaboration between all Arab Countries? (Is there any convention that provides protection for patent in more than one Jurisdiction?)   Yes. The GCC, and Bahrain is part of it
For how long is a Patent protected?   20 years
What is the duration of examination?   2 to 3 years
Are there any annuity fees to pay? If yes, when are the annuities due for payment?   Yes upon registration
Can I obtain a patent on a software-related invention?   No
Is it possible to obtain extension of the term of protection in the country?   no 
Are there examination procedures in this country?    Yes 

Bahrain Patents Process

Patent application can be filed, with a translation of the title and the abstract. 
Supporting documents can be provided within 30 days of filing. 
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 3 to 4 years. 
Annuity fees must be paid starting the registration date. A 3 month grace period is given for a late annuity.
A patent is valid for 20 years.

Bahrain Patents Requirements

Copies of the patent application which should include:
- Title of invention
- Full description of the invention covering:
     a- Name of the invention in the beginning of the line.
     b- Technical Field.          
     c- Technical Background.
     d- Revelation of the patent.
     e- Description of the drawings, if any.
     f- The instrument used to carrying our invention.  
     g- Way of carrying our invention in industrial.
- Claims
- Drawings
- Abstract - no more than 200 words long
- Three copies of the specification in Arabic (the translation will be prepared locally)
- Clear complementary comprehensive diagram of the invention
A list of the home and/or foreign applications stating:
 Whether or not the invention has been filed in other countries (including the home country); if yes provide the following:
      a- Country of filing
      b- Application number(s) and filing date (s).
      c- Publication number (if any) and date of publication.
      d- Date patent was granted, and certificate number.
      e- Class of the patent in accordance with the International Classification.
Applicant info (name and address)
Power of attorney (POA) -  notarized and legalized
Copy of the priority document, in case claimed
Deed of assignment  legalized at the consulate of Bahrain
Copy of the commercial certificate
Arabic translation

Bahrain Trademarks FAQ

Q: Which law does the country implement relating to trademarks?

A: GCC Trademarks Law

Q: Is the country part of Paris Convention?    

A: Yes

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Protocol?   

A: Yes

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Agreement?   

A: No   

Q: Is the country part of the TRIPS Agreement?   

A: Yes

Q: Is Apostil Acceptable?

A: Yes

Q: Which classification of goods/services does the country adopt?    

A: 11th Edition of Nice Classification

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations on the list of goods?

A: No

Q: Can I register a trademark on class header?

A: Yes

Q: Are there any restrictions on the use of the ® and TM symbols?  

A: ® and TM symbols may not be a part of the trademark while filing it, but can be used along with a registered trademark

Q: Can priority be claimed?  

A: Yes

Q: Can colors be claimed?

A: Yes

Q: Can you file a disclaimer in the filing application?

A: Yes

Q: Can you conduct a search by applicant name?

A: Yes

Q: Is the certificate issued in paper or electronically?

A: Paper

Q: If we register in one GCC country does it mean we are protected in the country?   

A: No, there is no cooperation treaty for trademarks in the GCC.

Q: Is there a requirement of use of mark to maintain the trademark registration throughout the entire valid protection period or to renew the mark?

A: Yes, but the TMO does not request any proof of use. However any interested third party can file a cancellation action against your trademark registration if the mark was not used for 3 consecutive years.

Q: If the applicant failed to renew the mark, can any third party re-register the same mark?

A: A mark, which is not renewed, cannot be re-registered in favor of third parties in respect of identical or similar goods or services before the lapse of three years from the date of non-renewal.

Q: Can the applicant withdraw the trademark application at any time?

A: Yes

Q: Can you assign or amend details of a trademark that is under process?  

A: No, any assignment or amendment should be done after the registration of the trademark is completed.

Q: Do you have to include a consideration on the assignment document?

A: Yes

Q: Are there any specific custom procedures in the country?   

A: Yes

Bahrain Trademarks Process

Trademark Registration: 

  • The registration process takes 6 months to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • The application will be examined by the TMO within a period of 1-3 months. After the end of the examination period, the TMO will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled within 30 days from the official notification date, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
    • Reject the application, you may appeal the decision within a period of 60 days from the official notification date, otherwise the application would be considered withdrawn.
  • Any interested third party can oppose the publication of the trademark application within 60 days from the date of publication. The applicant has 30 days from the official notification date to file a reply to the opposition, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
  • The applicant has 30 days from the end of publication period date to settle the registration fees, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
  • The certificate of registration will be issued within 1 -2 working days from the date of settlement of registration fees.
  • The trademark's registration is valid for 10 Gregorian years, starting from the filing date, and renewable for similar consecutive periods.

Trademark Renewal: 

  • The renewal process takes 1-2 weeks to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • The renewal application should be filed within the last year of the valid protection period.
  • A 6 months grace period after the expiry of the valid protection period is granted for filing late renewal, however it is subject to late penalty fees.
  • After filing the renewal application, the renewal certificate will be issued within 1-2 weeks.
  • The renewal certificate will be published in the official gazette for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The trademark renewal is valid for another 10 consecutive Gregorian years starting from the expiry of the previous protection period.

Trademark Change of Name and/or Address: 

  • The recordal of change process takes 1 working day to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met.
  • After filing the change application, the change certificate will be issued on the same day.
  • The change will be published in the official gazette for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

Trademark Assignment: 

  • The assignment process takes 1 working day to be completed.
  • An application can include multiple classes and/or trademarks in the name of the same applicant.
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met.
  • After filing the assignment application, the assignment certificate will be issued on the same day.
  • The assignment will be published in the official gazette for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

Bahrain Trademarks Requirements

Trademark Registration:

  • Copy of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • A list of the goods to be covered by the application (Classes) translated to Arabic.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.
  • A certified copy of the priority document in case claimed should be provided within 60 days of filing.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate or memorandum of incorporation translated to Arabic certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.

Trademark Renewal:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.
  • A simple copy of the trademark registration certificate.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate or memorandum of incorporation translated to Arabic certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.

Trademark - Change of Name and/or Address:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the change specifications. 
  • A document proving the change of name and/or address translated to Arabic certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate or memorandum of incorporation translated to Arabic certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.

Trademark Assignment:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the assignment specifications.
  • An assignment document translated to Arabic certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate or memorandum of incorporation translated to Arabic certified through Apostil, or legalized at the Bahrain embassy and submitted at filing.

Egypt Design FAQ

Is the country part of Locarno agreement?   Yes
Is the country part of Hague agreement?   Yes
Is it better to register a 3D Design or an industrial design?   There is no possibility of filing a 3D mark
Is any translation required?   Yes to Arabic
For how long is an Industrial Design protected?   15 gregorian years
Are there any annuity fees to pay?   Yes upon filing

Egypt Design Process

One application can cover only one design.
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 1 to 2 years. 
No annuities 
The design registration is valid for 10 years. 
Renewal is allowed once for 5 years.

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