The Kingdom of Bahrain recently announced a series of governmental decisions which are aimed at updating the IPR fees and developing the taxation system in the country. As a result the official fees related to patents and utility models have increased drastically. The new prices took effect December 14, 2018. The annual fees have risen almost nine times what they were previously. In addition, value-added tax will be applied to all IPR types in Bahrain as of January 1, 2019. The standard VAT rate will be 5%. Source: www.ip-coster.com
The Kingdom of Bahrain has recently announced a series of governmental decisions, which are aimed at updating the IPR fees and developing the taxation system in the country. Accordingly, the Bahraini Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has drastically increased the official fees related to patents and utility models. The new prices have been applied since December 14, 2018. The updated fee schedule stipulates the fees for filing a patent application almost 7 times higher than the previous one, i.e. 540 BHD and 270 BHD for legal entities and natural persons correspondingly. Besides, the fee for grant and publication of the patent has been increased by 3.2 times, while the substantive examination fee will further be regulated by the Office. The annual fees have risen as well, with some of them by almost 9 times. Furthermore, the procedural fees concerning utility models have been established at a rate less by half than the one for the patents. The annuities for natural persons and legal entities start from 50 BHD and 100 BHD for the 2nd year and reach 150 BHD and 300 BHD for the 10th year of utility model validity accordingly. In addition, value-added tax will be applied to all IPR types in Bahrain as of January 1, 2019. The standard VAT rate will be 5%, as it has been stipulated by the Common VAT Agreement of the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Bahrain will become the third GCC country to introduce the VAT after Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have been imposing the VAT since the beginning of 2018. Source: https://www.ip-coster.com/News/bahrain-updates-its-patent-and-utility-model-fees-and-introduces-vat/285
Following the recent introduction of value added tax in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, VAT is expected to be introduced in Bahrain as of January 1, 2019. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare, and education. It is expected that the remaining GCC countries, which include Kuwait, Oman and Qatar to follow suit and introduce the VAT. Source: SABAIP.com
The Patent Office in Bahrain announced that it will begin receiving and processing patent applications in electronic form. The e-portal allows for the submission of application forms electronically along with soft copies of the required documents such as the power of attorney, assignment from inventors, and Arabic translation. Other jurisdictions in the Arabian Gulf that previously implemented electronic filing for patent applications are Saudi Arabia, the regional office of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Arab Emirates, and most recently Qatar. Source: SABAIP
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 significantly across the board in comparison to their current level. The new official fees for filing through registration of a trademark have increased to BHD 650 (approximately $1,722 USD). The new rates for Official Fees became effective as of May 29, 2016, and will be applied on all new as well as retroactively for pending trademark applications. Additionally, an electronic Official Gazette (eOG) has been introduced which will be published every Thursday of each month. The eOG will be available in English and Arabic. This electronic version will contain the particulars of each accepted trademark application and a representative drawing, along with a list of cancelled registrations.