Intellectual property is any product of the human intellect that the law protects from unauthorized use by others. The ownership of intellectual property inherently creates a limited monopoly in the protected property. Intellectual property is traditionally comprised of four categories: patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets.
We are one of the prominent firms handling all aspects of Intellectual Property including trademarks, patents and industrial designs in the region and Middle East.
Al Farhan Attorneys assist small, medium and large organizations and individuals to establish, protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the GCC and Middle East region through a network of foreign associates with whom we work closely.
Al Farhan Attorneys is located in the heart of Manama, the popular city-center of the Kingdom.
PatentA patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in a patent application.The kingdom’s leading companies have one thing in common: innovative products and services. That’s why they turn to Al Farhan lawyers for intellectual property litigation. Our attorneys provide clients with a full range of patent services, including patentability assessment; patent application preparation and prosecution.
TrademarkA trademark is a sign capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one enterprise from those of other enterprises. Trademarks are protected by intellectual property rights.A trademark registration through Al Farhan Attorney and Legal Consultants will in principle confer an exclusive right to the use of the registered trademark. This implies that the trademark can be exclusively used by its owner, or licensed to another party for use in return for payment. Registration provides legal certainty and reinforces the position of the right holder, for example, in case of litigation.
CopyrightCopyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.Contested matters are handled by attorneys of The Al Farhan Group to ensure the seamless and comprehensive protection of our clients’ trademark and copyright portfolios as well as with the prosecution and defense of unfair competition, false advertising, trade secret, Internet and related claims.
Geographical IndicationA geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place. In addition, the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product should be essentially due to the place of origin. Since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production.Al Farhan Lawyers and Legal Consultants will register a geographical indication to enable those who have the right to use the indication to prevent its use by a third party whose product does not conform to the applicable standards. For example, in the jurisdictions in which the Darjeeling geographical indication is protected, producers of Darjeeling tea can exclude use of the term “Darjeeling” for tea not grown in their tea gardens or not produced according to the standards set out in the code of practice for the geographical indication.
Any confidential business information which provides an enterprise a competitive edge may be considered a trade secret. Trade secrets encompass manufacturing or industrial secrets and commercial secrets. The unauthorized use of such information by persons other than the holder is regarded as an unfair practice and a violation of the trade secret. With Al Farhan Lawyers and Legal Attorney provides services for the protection of trade secrets as part of the general concept of protection against unfair competition or is based on specific provisions or case law on the protection of confidential information.
The subject matter of trade secrets is usually defined in broad terms and includes sales methods, distribution methods, consumer profiles, advertising strategies, lists of suppliers and clients, and manufacturing processes. While a final determination of what information constitutes a trade secret will depend on the circumstances of each individual case, clearly unfair practices in respect of secret information include industrial or commercial espionage, breach of contract and breach of confidence.