Designs and Models

– Law No. 6 of 2006 on Industrial Drawings and Designs, issued on May 3, 2006 and the Implementing Regulations issued on February 25, 2010, under Ministerial Resolution No. (1) of 2010.

Membership in International Conventions

– WTO’s TRIPS Agreement, since January 1, 1995.
– Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), since June 22, 1995.
– Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, Stockholm Act, since October 29, 1997.
– The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille), since December 31, 2013.

Filing

Applicant: any individual or a corporate body who owns a design (model) may apply.

Novelty: required.

Priority: applicable. Priority can only be claimed within six months of the date of filing of the priority application.

Registered user: possible.

Multiple designs in a single application: currently not accepted. A separate application must be filed for each design.

Territory covered: Kingdom of Bahrain.

Filing requirements for an application (to be sent to resident agent):
1. Certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation of the applicant's company, legalized up to a Bahraini Consulate or authenticated by Apostille (if no priority is claimed);
2. Certified copy of the priority document (if priority is to be claimed), legalized up to a Bahraini Consulate or authenticated by Apostille;
3. Application Form No. 1, signed by the applicant (or by the agent);
4. Power of attorney, legalized up to a Bahraini Consulate or by Apostille;
5. 3 representations of each design or model.

Note: above documents must be submitted at the time of filing. A general power of attorney is acceptable.

Electronic filing: not available. 

Electronic signatures: are accepted, provided they are notarized and legalized up to the Bahraini Embassy or by Apostille.

For a change of name or address:
1. Power of attorney, legalized up to a Bahraini Consulate or by Apostille;
2. Change of name or address document, legalized up to a Bahraini Consulate or by Apostille.

Examination, Protection

Examination: formal and substantive as to novelty and industrial applicability.

Opposition: any interested person who can show that he has a better right, title or priority than the applicant, may give notice of opposition to the registration, within thirty days from the date of publication of the application.

Delivery of document: the registration certificate is issued in digital format only.

Duration – renewal: registration in Bahrain is for a period of ten years from the date of filing subject to payment of annuities and may be renewed for an additional period of five years upon payment of renewal fees.

Annuities: are payable every year on the anniversary of the publication date of the design.

Annuity grace period: six months for late payment, subject to a surcharge.

Assignment: possible.

Abandonment: on request of the registered proprietor of the design or through non-payment of renewal fees within the prescribed period.