A trademark registration is valid for a period of 10 years from date of filing.
A trademark registration is renewable for a period of 10 years each. There is a three-month grace period for late renewal of a trademark.
- Power of Attorney that is simply signed by the applicant.
The international classification of goods and services for the purpose of registration of marks is followed
Separate application is required for each class.
Color of the mark
A mark may be limited wholly or partly to one or more specific colors. A mark registered without limitations of color is deemed registered for all colors.
- A Power of Attorney that is simply signed. General power will suffice for continuous applications.
- Either Certified copy of home or any foreign application or registration or any other legalized certificate showing the scope of applicant's business.
- 10 prints (for each class).
An official search can be conducted for word marks, devices and combination of both.
A separate application is required for search in each class.
Trademark applications are examined as to their registrability when they are filed.
- Power of Attorney that is simply signed by the assignee.
- A Deed of Assignment that is legalized by the Bahraini Consulate and signed by both parties.
Change of Name/Address
- Power of Attorney that is simply signed.
- A Certificate of the change of name or address.
Recordal of License
Recordal of license is not compulsory but advisable in case of any disputes between the parties in the future.
- Power of Attorney that has been signed by the Licensee.
- Power of Attorney that has been signed by the Licensor.
- A License Agreement that has been legalized by the Bahraini Consulate & signed by both parties.
Use of trademark is not compulsory for filing applications neither for registration nor for maintaining trademark registration in force. However, a trademark is vulnerable to cancellation by any interested party who can establish that the trademark was not used during the five years preceding the application for cancellation.
The applicant may appeal a rejection of an application by the Control Office of the Commercial Register within 30 days of notification. Appeals are made to a special committee, whose decision may be appealed to the High Court of Justice within 60 days after notification of the applicant.
TM applications that have been accepted by the registrar are published in the official gazette. There is a 60-day period for filing an opposition by any interested party.
An opposition is filed before the Registrar by an authorized agent or by the owners themselves within the prescribed period as from the date of publication. The Registrar should settle an opposition case.
Marking of registered goods is not compulsory. False marking is considered a criminal offence that is punishable with fine and/or imprisonment.
On application by any interested party, the court may order revocation of a trademark registration on the grounds that:
- It was improperly granted and thus improperly continues in force.
- The mark is owned by a natural or corporate person with whom dealing is banned.
- There has been no bona fide use of the mark for five consecutive years.
Abandonment is possible on request of the registered owner of a trademark/service mark, or through non-payment of renewal fees within the prescribed period.
Status of Unregistered Trademark
Registration is a prerequisite to infringement proceedings, but is not required for exercise of the right to sue for passing off.