June 21, 2007

According to the ag-IP-news Agency article (link below), Bahrain, via the Bahraini Industrial Property Office, has started accepting claiming priority for trademark and industrial design applications filed in Bahrain. This new practice, beginning on June 7th, was not part of Bahrain’s prior practice even though Bahrain has been a member of the Paris Convention since 1997. According to the source providing the content to Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) as reported by ag-IP-news, in the case of claiming priority in Bahrain, “a certified copy of the priority application is to be filed within six months from the filing date of the foreign application,” noting that under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, “if an application for the registration of a trademark or an industrial design has been filed at any contracting state of the Convention, the applicant or his successor may, within a period of six months as of the filing date, apply for protection in Bahrain with respect to the same trademark or industrial design.”

ag-IP-news Agency Article: LINK
AGIP News Webpage: LINK
Bahrain IP Office Contact Information: LINK
Text of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (via the World Intellectual Property Organization website): LINK


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