Bahrain

Information technology in Bahrain:

The Bahrain government recognises that the relationship between telecommunications and elements of the supply of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) products and services has become increasingly close and inter-dependent in recent years. In 2012, the Bahrain government noted that it might be appropriate to designate an ICT economic sector, and to create a legislative and governance framework that seeks to enable and enhance the efficient development of businesses within that sector.

Whilst the above is not yet in place, Bahrain is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). As a member of WTO, Bahrain is also a party to the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) which requires WTO members to give effect to the provisions of that agreement (which includes compliance with certain articles of the Paris and Berne Conventions).

As a signatory to a number of treaties and conventions administered by WIPO and WTO, in addition to its own laws, Bahrain is a country where civil remedies, criminal sanctions and other provisions for the enforcement of Intellectual Property rights are readily available and supported by legislation.