Intellectual Property

How the Kingdom of Bahrain protects the intellectual property rights of creators and inventors.

Protecting Intellectual Property

The Kingdom of Bahrain laws protects the intellectual property and is committed to enforce world-class intellectual property rights protections.

Bahrain launched the “Technology Transfer” program which aims to increase patents in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and to embrace inventions and turn them into projects that contribute to creating jobs for citizens. The program links the academic sector with the industrial and commercial sectors in the Kingdom to contribute in building partnerships between businesses and innovative entrepreneurs.

Bahrain joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty and was ranked the 44th country on the World’s Economic Forum 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Index.

Intellectual property rights in Bahrain are protected under Intellectual Property Laws.

Authors' Rights and Attendants' rights

The Kingdom of Bahrain laws provides protection to literary, artistic and scientific works upon its creation without the need for any procedural formality regardless of the value of such works, type, purpose of creating them, or method of expression. Protection include, in particular, the following works:

  • Books, brochures, articles, leaflets and such other written works.
  • Computer software whether written in a source language or a machine language.
  • Works that are delivered verbally such as lectures, speeches or sermons and the other works of a similar nature.
  • Dramatic works, musical dramas, dances, pantomimes and other works created for theatrical performances.
  • Musical works that are accompanied or unaccompanied with words.
  • Audiovisual works such as cinematographic and TV works.
  • Painting works using lines or colors, sculptures, inscriptions, lithograph, printing on fabrics, wood or metals and any other similar works of this nature.
  • Applied works of art.
  • Photographic works and similar works.
  • Illustrations, geographical maps, designs, sketch and 3-D works related to geography, topography, architecture or science.

A work’s title shall enjoy the same protection prescribed for the work if the title is of a creative nature.



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Content Last Updated: 12 Mar, 2023

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