MANAMA – Two major updates have recently occurred in the Bahraini Trademark Office (BTMO) late May 2016 and early this month.
Increase in the Official Fees
Pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 65 of 2016 approving the Implementing Regulations of the GCC Trademark Law, the official fees for trademark related matters have increased effective 29 May 2016.
The new official fees for filing one trademark in one class through issuance of the final registration certificate have increased from USD320 to USD1723.
The increase affected all services provided by the BTMO retroactively, meaning that it will be applied on all pending files as well as new matters.
In this regard, publication fees should be paid within 30 days from the date of issuance of the acceptance notification, otherwise the application will deemed as abandoned.
Our new schedule of fees will reflect the increase to the official fees only.
Online Publication of Accepted Trademark Applications
The BTMO has introduced new publication procedures according to Article 11 of Executive Regulations of GCC Trademark Law issued with the decision No. 65/2016, having the accepted trademark applications published every Thursday on the official website of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (www.moic.gov.bh) and will stop issuing hardcopies in the Official Gazette which belongs to the Ministry of Information Affairs.
Such publications will contain the details of each accepted trademark application, transfers of ownership, recordals of name changes, recordals of address changes, changes of representative agent, and approved recordal of mergers.
The first online publication was issued on 2 June 2016. The opposition period is now 60 days from the date of publication with the payment of the prescribed fees.
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