Registering a trademark in Bahrain involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing examination by the Industrial Property Directorate, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will grant you exclusive rights to use it in Bahrain for 10 years, with the possibility of renewal. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Bahrain. Ensure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines for a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The first step is conducting a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark isn't identical or similar to an existing one. The Industrial Property Directorate of Bahrain provides a database for this search. You can access the database at this link: https://www.bip.gov.bh/
Step 2: Application
Once you've confirmed that no conflicting trademarks exist, you can proceed to file an application with the Industrial Property Directorate. Your application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services that will be covered by the trademark.
Step 3: Examination by Industrial Property
Directorate Upon receiving your application, the Industrial Property Directorate will review it to ensure compliance with the Trademark Law's requirements. They will also ascertain whether the proposed trademark infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once your application passes the examination, it will be published in the Official Bulletin. This publication allows third parties to oppose the registration of the trademark if they wish. The opposition period lasts for 60 days from the date of publication.
Step 5: Registration
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the Industrial Property Directorate will proceed with the registration of the trademark. Upon successful registration, the applicant will receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately BHD 70 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the Industrial Property Directorate's website.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 9 to 12 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Industrial Property Directorate: https://www.bip.gov.bh/