Bahamas Intellectual Property Registration
The Bahamian government is taking steps to strengthen Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection as part of its WTO accession process. To this end, in 2015 the Government passed IPR legislation which seeks to amend or add to the existing IPR regime.
These new laws cover patents, trademarks, copyrights, integrated circuits, false trade descriptions act, protection of new plant varieties, and geographical indications. As of March 2016, implementing regulations have not yet been promulgated.
The Bahamian government anticipates that the new legislation, once implemented, will bring The Bahamas into compliance with the terms of the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement as well as its obligations under the Economic Partnership Agreement.
The Bahamas’ intellectual property registry is maintained by the Department of the Registrar General Department.
Several general principles are important for effective management of intellectual property (IP) rights in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas is not a signatory to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
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