A patent for an invention is a grant by the government to an inventor for certain rights. A patent is granted by the Bahamian Government through the Intellectual Properties Section of the Registrar General’s Department. The right conferred by a patent excludes others from making, using or selling the invention.
There are no eligibility criteria for this service.
- Complete relevant forms.
- File the completed forms at the Intellectual Properties Section of the Registrar General’s Department.
- Pay applicable fees.
Note: At present the Intellectual Properties Section situated in the Registrar General’s Department in Nassau is the only location where this service is offered.
Patent Application Form #1 along with Form #2 (to be furnished in duplicate).
These forms can be obtained at the Intellectual Properties section of the Registrar General's Department.
- Completed application forms.
- Two original sets of drawings (for medication or perfume, submit two original sets of formula).
- Document containing the function, purpose and materials used in the makeup of the invention.
The entire process from the date of submission to obtaining the Letters of Patent could take up to one year.
For clients claiming priority i.e. Patents that have been registered in another country and wishing to be registered in The Bahamas, the application must be filed within a year from the date of the first application in the first country.
Application fee: BS$90.00
Letters of Patent: BS$40.00
Renewal fees vary from the fifth year up to the sixteenth year as listed in the fees schedule in the Industrial Property Act.
Intellectual Properties Section
Registrar General’s Department
Cor. of Shirley and Charlotte Street
P.O. Box N 532
Tel. (242) 397-9114/9119
Fax. (242) 322-5553
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except on Public Holidays.
#50 Shirley Street
P. O. Box N-532
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Phone: (242) - 397-9143-58
Fax: (242) - 322-5553