On 18 December 2006, Bahrain deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT, and on 18 March 2007, will become bound by the PCT. Consequently, any international application filed on or after 18 March 2007 will automatically include the designation of Bahrain.

Furthermore, because Bahrain will be bound by Chapter II of the PCT, it will automatically be elected in any demand for international preliminary examination filed in respect of an international application filed on or after 18 March 2007.