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December 26, 2018

Bahrain updates its patent and utility model fees and introduces VAT

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 and the fee for substantive examination has been finally stipulated. 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.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has a fast-growing economy, which is attractive to foreigners due to oil and aluminium production. Consequently, it is believed that with the increased IPR fees and VAT the country will be able to pump up its budget further.

Increase in patent fees

Service

Old Fee (BHD)

New Fee (BHD)

Times higher

 

Legal entities

Natural persons

Legal entities

Natural persons

Legal entities

Natural persons

Filing fee

80

40

540

270

7

7

Publication and grant fee

100

50

320

160

3

3

Annual fee 2nd year

80

40

200

100

2,5

2,5

Annual fee 3rd year

84

42

220

110

3

3

Annual fee 4th year

88

44

260

130

3

3

Annual fee 5th year

92

46

300

150

3

3

Annual fee 6th year

96

58

360

180

4

4

Annual fee 7th year

100

50

480

240

5

5

Annual fee 8th year

104

52

520

260

5

5

Annual fee 9th year

108

54

560

280

5

5

Annual fee 10th year

112

56

600

300

5,5

5,5

Annual fee 11th year

116

58

699

350

6

6

Annual fee 12th year

120

60

720

360

6

6

Annual fee 13th year

124

62

760

380

6

6

Annual fee 14th year

128

64

800

400

6

6

Annual fee 15th year

132

66

900

450

7

7

Annual fee 16th year

136

68

1000

500

7

7

Annual fee 17th year

140

70

1100

550

8

8

Annual fee 18th year

144

72

1180

590

8

8

Annual fee 19th year

148

74

1260

630

8,5

8,5

Annual fee 20th year

152

76

1340

670

9

9

Additional fee for late payment of the annual fees

20

10

160

80

8

8

 

Utility models fees in Bahrain, as of January 1, 2019

Service

New Fess (BHD)

 

Legal entities

Natural persons

Filing fee

270

135

Publication and grant fee

160

80

Annual fee 2nd year

100

50

Annual fee 3rd year

110

55

Annual fee 4th year

130

65

Annual fee 5th year

150

75

Annual fee 6th year

180

90

Annual fee 7th year

240

120

Annual fee 8th year

260

130

Annual fee 9th year

280

140

Annual fee 10th year

300

150

Additional fee for late payment of the annual fees

80

40

 

Author: Lynda Miller
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