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The Bahamas Trademark registration

Legal basis is the law of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in force since 1906.
The Bahamas is not a member of the Madrid Agreement or Protocol.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.

The Bahamas has its own national classification for goods – services are not currently recognised. (Do not permitted)

Are registrable all distinctive and graphically representable signs, three-dimensional forms and any combination of the mentioned signs. The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, collective marks and certification marks.

Procedure:
The application is filed at the Industrial Property Office
Multiple-class applications are not possible. A separate application has to be filed for each class.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
The application process includes an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. 
Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use.
Trademark applications accepted by the Registrar are published once in the official gazette prior to registration. 
The approximate time frame for completing the registration process of a trademark in The Bahamas is four (4) years.

Opposition Period:

National:
The opposition period is thirty (30) days from publication date of the application.

Opposition against designation of IR Mark
(The period starts from the national publication date, if not stated differently):
not a member of the Madrid Agreement or Protocol.

The application is filed at the trademarks registry in St. John's, Antigua.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. After formal examination and acceptance, the mark is published for opposition. The processing time from first filing to registration is typically two years and perhaps even longer.

National:
Interested parties may oppose new applications within three months from the date of publication of an application for opposition.

Opposition against designation of IR Mark
(The period starts from the national publication date, if not stated differently): 3 months.

Protection begins with the date of application. A trademark registration is valid for 14 years from date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of fourteen (14) years.

Grace period for trademark renewal:
The grace period is 1 month from the advertisement of pending removal. The period from expiry to publication varies.

Use Requirements
If the trademark has not been used within five (5) years from the date of the cancellation proceedings, it may be subject to cancellation.

Area Practice:

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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