FAQ

P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
- Yes.

P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
- Yes, it can be filed based on copies of the relevant documents and the original documents (and the Arabic translation) can be submitted within 90 days.

P3: Can convention priority be claimed? (Paris Convention)
- Yes, Bahrain is a member of the Paris Convention since October 29, 1996.

P4: Can a registration be obtained for pharmaceutical products?
- Yes.

P5: What is the term of protection of a patent and from which date is it calculated? Can it be extended?
- 20 years  from the date of filing in Bahrain, or from the priority date in case of claiming priority.

P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?
- No.

P7: Is there a novelty requirement? Is it local or worldwide?
- Yes, worldwide.

P8: Is the patent protection available for software alone, or must the software be coupled with computer hardware in order to permit patent application?
Law is silent on this issue.

P9: Can the specifications or claims be amended?
- The specifications or claims can be amended only if the Bahraini registration is not issued. If it is already issued a new patent application must be filed.

P10: Could annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
- Annuities are applicable after grant of patent.

P11: In what language should specifications and claims of the patent be filed?
- The specification and claims can be filed in any language provided that it is accompanied by an English translation (if it is not in English) and an Arabic translation.

P12: Is working of the invention required to keep protection in force?
- Yes.

P13: What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?

- Yes, compulsory license may be granted subject to national emergency or failure to exploit the invention by the owner etc. (as per Article 24 of the Patents Law)

P14: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?
- No.

P15: Does the Patent Law provide for licenses or registered users?
- No.

P16: Does the Patents Office publish the patent applications in the Official Gazette?
- Yes.

Address:

TAG-Org Bldg., Bldg. 1002, Road 5121, Suwafiah 351

P.O. Box: 990, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone: (+973) 17550003
Fax: (+973) 17382208
Email: bahrain@agip.com
Contact: Mazin Ajawi (Mr)

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