A Patent application may be made for an invention if it is new, involves an inventive step and is susceptible of industrial application. See Section 3 of the Industrial Property Act of 1965.
The Registry requires that any Patent application filed must be complete – we require original signatures on the Bahamian Forms and in the event that the Bahamian application is claiming priority of a foreign application, an original certified paper copy of the foreign application being relied on must accompany the Bahamian application. Photocopies, scanned or faxed copies are not acceptable.
The term of a Patent is sixteen (16) years provided that payments to the Registry are made annually. The first annuity payment must be made before the expiration of the 4th year in respect of the 5th year from the date of the Patent (not from the date of sealing). The annual fee scale (up to the sixteenth year) varies according to the List of Fees Payable cited in the Industrial Property Rules of 1967.
For more information, see the Patents webpage of the Registrar General Department.