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Dez 09, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 19/14)
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Filing of Sound Marks are Possible Now

The Bahraini Trademark Office at the Directorate of Industrial Property with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce will start the acceptance of filing sounds trademark as per directives issued under circular number 14/23-3 on 18 November 2014 as of that date.
The requirements to file a sound mark are:

1. Musical note composing of the sound mark written clearly;
2. Compact Disk containing the musical note recited in MP3 audio format or any other compatible format;
3. A power of attorney with appostille certification;
4. A copy of certificate of incorporation and extract from the commercial register of the applicant company.

Sound trademarks will be examined in the same manner as traditional trademark applications and will be subject to trademark law of Bahrain No. 11 of 2006 concerning standard trademarks. A modified trademark application format has be created for the purpose of filing sound trademarks.

On examination and acceptance of sound trademarks the mark will be published in the Official Gazette with the musical composition printed in the space specified for the traditional trademark print with an indication that any interested party might resort to the Directorate of Industrial Property for obtaining a copy of the compact disk for opposition purposes. A registration certificate of the sound mark will be due for issuance upon expiry of the opposition term.

A sound trademark will dealt with as a traditional trademarks as to official fees and procedures of registration in accordance with the Bahraini Trademarks Law No. 11 of 2006.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar