Protection of Property Rights

The government has made remarkable progress in reducing copyright piracy; patent and trademark protection has always been strong and there continue to be no reports of significant violations in Bahrain. The government's copyright enforcement campaign--based on inspections, closures, and improved public awareness--began in late 1997 against the video industry, followed by the audio and software industries, with considerable results. The Directorate of Publications & Press continues to conduct surprise inspections, seize pirated products, and where necessary, close shops.

Bahrain is a founding member of the WTO, and seeks to become fully TRIPS-compliant. According to the Directorate of Publications and Press, a revised version of its copyright law (after WTO review) awaits final government approval . The country signed the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property in 1996.