Bahrain: Ministry Confiscates 623 Rice Bags Over Trademarks Violation

Inspection

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, represented by the Inspection Center, carried out an inspection campaign on local markets to ensure enforce laws regulations that guarantee the safety and rights of consumers and traders alike.

In the same context, the inspection center confiscated 623 bags of rice from a company after it proved a violation on a trademark, causing confusion and misleading consumers using the trademark on the bags of rice which is owned by other, violating Law No. (6) for the year 2014 about trademarks law (system) of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

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The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has earlier transferred the issue of violation to the Attorney General to take the necessary legal action against the company.

The ministry has warned that it will not compromise with those who infringe on registered trademarks and induce consumers to buy misleading products, protecting the consumer and the owners of licensed trademarks and to preserve their rights.

The Inspection team has also shut down 33 businesses which have violated the law plus a 106 were sent to the public prosecutor.

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We want to make sure that those who abide by the law are protected and those who are outside the boundaries of the law are not able to gain an unfair competitive advantage, said an official from the ministry.