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Bahrain Trademark Registration 

A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Bahrain through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Certificate   Step 3. Trademark Registration Certificate:
Once your trademark application is approved, we will obtain your registration certificate.
Step 3 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 15 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

  • If I register my trademark in Bahrain, do I have protection in other territories?

    No. Protection of trademark is limited in Bahrain only.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Applicants are required to present a signed Power of Attorney.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

    Yes. The applicant may benefit from pre-filing use. It can be used to demonstrate the mark’s distinctiveness and overcome oppositions based on non-distinctiveness.

  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Yes. A registered trademark that is not being used is prone to cancellation.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Bahrain?

    The following marks are accepted for registration:

    • Words
    • Names
    • Slogans
    • Colours
    • Devices
    • Holograms
    • Smells
    • Trade dress or get-up
    • Shapes having 3 dimensions
    • Certification marks
    • Collective marks
    • Service marks
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Bahrain?

    The order of trademark application in Bahrain is as follows: Examination, Publication and Registration. The application is examined based on requirements, i.e., formalities and classification. Details about the application will be published and made available to the public, i.e., applicant’s name, address, citizenship, etc. Once requirements are satisfied and oppositions are won, the registration will be granted.

  • What type of trademark is not registrable?

    The following marks are not registrable:

    • Generic words
    • Marks without distinctive qualities
    • Marks that include name, symbol or flag of a nation, state or region including international organizations
    • Surnames
    • Names of geographic locations
    • Marks that resemble Red Cross or Red Crescent
    • Use of picture, emblem or symbols of third parties without obtaining proper consent
    • Use of honorary distinction without proofs of legal entitlement
    • Use of religious symbols or signs
  • Does Bahrain use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. The Nice Classification is followed in Bahrain.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Bahrain?

    The Community Trademark is not effective in Bahrain.

     

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Bahrain?

    Yes. Applicants may claim priority if the following conditions are fulfilled:

    • The home country of the applicant is a Paris Convention member
    • Home application was filed within 6 months prior to filing in Bahrain
    • The home country of the applicant is a member of the WTO (World Trade Organization)
    • International registration is based on the application in Bahrain’s jurisdiction
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    Use the trademark within the jurisdiction of Bahrain and for commercial purposes. An unused trademark for 5 consecutive years will result to removal from the registry office.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    A registered trademark’s validity in Bahrain lasts for 10 years.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date is computed 10 years from the date the application was filed.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    It is legal to use an unregistered mark for goods and services.

  • How many applications should I file?

    The answer to this question depends on the characteristics of your mark, your budget and the scope of protection that you would like to have in Bahrain.

    If your trademark contains distinctive verbal elements (text) as well as design elements (graphics or logos) and you wish both to be protected, our recommendation is to file two trademark applications; one to protect just the verbal elements (the application will be filed as “Word Mark”) and another to protect just the design elements (the application will be filed as “Combined Mark”).

    In this case, proceeding with two trademark applications has the following advantages:

    1. Broader and stronger protection. If a third party files a “Combined Mark” with very similar text to yours but different design, their “Combined Mark” could be accepted for registration if you only filed a “Combined Mark” and not a “Word Mark,” because in its entirety the third party’s mark is still considered different from yours.
    2. You will be protected if your logo evolves. It is common for companies to change the design of their logo with time. If you file a “Combined Mark” and not a “Word Mark,” your new logo will not be protected. You must use your trademark exactly as registered; if you don’t, your trademark may be subject to cancellation.
    3. Effective verbal and graphics protection. Filing a “Word Mark” application provides greater flexibility to use your mark in different ways, whether it is presenting it in stylized text or presenting it with different designs (as long as they are not too similar to registered trademarks that belong to third parties). At the same time, filing a “Combined Mark” allows you to protect the design elements of your mark.

    If your trademark also contains a slogan or a distinctive design symbol, we suggest you file a specific application for each, as this will give you additional protection.


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