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Intellectual property in Bahrain

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The Directorate of Industrial Property of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Regional Organisations
Bahrain participates in the work of the GCC Patent Office.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Act No. 1 of 2004 on Patents And Utility Models et Act No. 14 of 2006 amending some provisions of Law No. 1 of 2004 in respect of Patents and Utility Models
Patents are protected for 20 years (ten years for utility models) from the date of filing or, if priority is claimed, from the date on which it is claimed. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Legislative Decree No. 11 of 2006 in respect of Trade Marks
Trademark registration is valid for 10 years starting from the day of filing the demand (Decree No. 11 in respect of Trade Marks) and can be renewed for ten-year periods. Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Act No. 6 of 2006 on Industrial Designs and Models
Patent registration is valid for five years and can be renewed twice more, each time again for five years.  
Act No. 22 of 2006 relating to the Protection of Copyright and Neighbouring Rights
Author's rights are protected for the duration of the author's life plus 70 years after his or her death. Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Act No. 6 of 2006 on Industrial Designs and Models
Ten years starting from the registration.  

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