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Bahamas - Register Patent

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A patent is a grant of property right given by the Government of The Bahamas to an inventor. The right conferred by a patent excludes others from making, using or selling the invention.

This procedure provides you information about how to register a patent.


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A patent is granted by the Bahamian Government through the Intellectual Properties Section of the Registrar General’s Department.

As of the moment the Intellectual Properties Section situated in the Registrar General’s Department in Nassau is the only location where this service is offered.

When you should file your application: 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.

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  1. To apply for the procedure you will need to complete Patent Application Form No.1 along with Form No.2 (to be furnished in duplicate). These forms can be obtained at the Intellectual Properties section of the Registrar General's Department.
  2. Submit the completed forms together with all other required documents at the Intellectual Properties Section of the Registrar General’s Department.
  3. Pay applicable fees.

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Required Documents

  • Patent Application Form No.1 & Form No.2 (completed in duplicate)
  • 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.


  • Application fee: BS$90.00
  • Letters of Patent: BS$40.00

Note: Renewal fees vary from the fifth year up to the sixteenth year as listed in the fees schedule in the Industrial Property Act.


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Processing Time

It will take about a year to complete the whole registration process, starting from the date the application was submitted to the date the Letters of Patent are issued.

Office Locations & Contacts

Registrar General’s Department

Intellectual Properties Section
Cor. of Shirley and Charlotte Street
P.O. Box N 532
New Providence
The Bahamas

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

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