Requirements

Kuwait Trademarks Requirements

Trademark Registration:

  • Copy of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • A list of the goods to be covered by the application (Classes) should be chosen from the goods and services available locally (refer to attached list) - translated to Arabic.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Kuwaiti embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted at filing.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate translated to Arabic is required at filing. 
  • A certified copy of the priority document translated to Arabic within 60 days of filing in case claimed.

Trademark Renewal:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Kuwaiti embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted at filing.
  • The original trademark registration certificate.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate translated to Arabic is required at filing.

Trademark - Change of Name and/or Address:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the change specifications. 
  • A document proving the change of name and/or address translated to Arabic notarized and legalized at the Kuwaiti embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted at filing.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Kuwaiti embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted at filing.
  • The original trademark registration certificate.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate translated to Arabic is required at filing.

Trademark Assignment:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the assignment specifications. 
  • An assignment document translated to Arabic translated to Arabic notarized and legalized at the Kuwaiti embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted at filing.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Kuwaiti embassy locally legalized and submitted at filing.
  • The original trademark registration certificate.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate translated to Arabic is required at filing.

Lebanon Design FAQ

Is the country part of Locarno agreement?   No
Is the country part of Hague agreement?   No
Is it better to register a 3D Design or an industrial design?   There is no possibility of filing a 3D mark
Is any translation required?   Yes to Arabic
For how long is an Industrial Design protected?   25 years
Are there any annuity fees to pay?   No.

Lebanon Design Process

One application can cover several designs. 
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 15 working days.
No annuities 
The design registration is valid for 25 years. 
Renewal is allowed once for 25 years. 

Lebanon Design Requirements

Summarized description of the design.
Applicant info (name and address).
Power of attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized
Deed of assignment if the applicant is not the designer.
A certified copy of the priority document in case claimed should be provided within 60 days of filing date.
Copy of the commercial certificate document is required.

Lebanon Patents FAQ

Is the country part of PCT?   No
Is any translation required?   Yes
Is there collaboration between all Arab Countries? (Is there any convention that provides protection for patent in more than one Jurisdiction?)   Yes. The GCC, and Lebanon is not part of it
For how long is a Patent protected?   20 years
What is the duration of examination?   5 to 10 working days
Are there any annuity fees to pay? If yes, when are the annuities due for payment?   Yes. Starting from date of registration
Can I obtain a patent on a software-related invention?   No
Is it possible to obtain extension of the term of protection in the country?   No 
Are there examination procedures in this country?    No (it is a filing system)

Lebanon Patents Process

Patent application can be filed, with a translation of the title and the abstract. 
Supporting documents should be provided upon filing. 
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 15 working days. 
Annuity fees must be paid starting the anniversary of the acceptance date. No grace period  is given for a late annuity.
A patent is valid for 20 years.

Lebanon Patents Requirements

Copies of the patent application which should include:
- Title of invention
- Full description of the invention covering:
     a- Name of the invention in the beginning of the line.
     b- Technical Field.          
     c- Technical Background.
     d- Revelation of the patent.
     e- Description of the drawings, if any.
     f- The instrument used to carrying our invention.  
     g- Way of carrying our invention in industrial.
- Claims
- Drawings
- Abstract
- Three copies of the specification in Arabic (the translation will be prepared locally)
A list of the home and/or foreign applications stating:
 Whether or not the invention has been filed in other countries (including the home country); if yes provide the following:
      a- Country of filing
      b- Application number(s) and filing date (s).
      c- Publication number (if any) and date of publication.
      d- Date patent was granted, and certificate number.
      e- Class of the patent in accordance with the International Classification.
Applicant info (name and address)
Power of attorney (POA) - legalized
Copy of the priority document, in case claimed
Deed of assignment  - simply signed
Arabic translation

Lebanon Trademarks FAQ

Q: Which law does the country implement relating to trademarks?

A: Resolution No. 2385 of 1924 on Commercial and Industrial Property Rights

Q: Is the country part of Paris Convention?    

A: Yes

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Protocol?   

A: No

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Agreement?   

A: No

Q: Is the country part of the TRIPS Agreement?   

A: No

Q: Is Apostil Acceptable?

A: No

Q: Which classification of goods/services does the country adopt?    

A: 11th Edition of Nice classification

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations on the list of goods?

A: No

Q: Can I register a trademark on class header?

A: Yes

Q: Are there any restrictions on the use of the ® and TM symbols?  

A: ® and TM symbols may not be a part of the trademark while filing it, but can be used along with a registered trademark

Q: Can priority be claimed?  

A: Yes

Q: Can colors be claimed?

A: Yes

Q: Can you file a disclaimer in the filing application?

A: No

Q: Can you conduct a search by applicant name?

A: No

Q: Is the certificate issued in paper or electronically?

A: Paper

Q: Is there a requirement of use of mark to maintain the trademark registration throughout the entire valid protection period or to renew the mark?

A: Yes, but the TMO does not request any proof of use. However any interested third party can file a cancellation action against your trademark registration if the mark was not used for 5 consecutive years.

Q: If the applicant failed to renew the mark, can any third party re-register the same mark?

A: NA

Q: Can the applicant withdraw the trademark application at any time?

A: Yes

Q: Can you assign or amend details of a trademark that is under process?  

A: No, the mark should be registered.

Q: Do you have to include a consideration on the assignment document?

A: Yes

Q: Are there any specific custom procedures in the country?   

A: No

Lebanon Trademarks Process

Trademark Registration: 

  • The registration process takes 1 month to be completed.
  • A single application could be filed for multiple classes; however additional official fees are applied for each additional class.
  • Official fees vary according to the number of words in the list of goods and type of mark whether colored or not.
  • The application will be examined by the TMO within a period of 1 to 2 weeks. After the end of the examination period, the TMO will either:
    • Accept the application, the registration and publication fees should be settled to issue the certificate of registration.
    • Reject the application, the applicant may file a letter of insistence on filing the trademark on his own risk, however the owner of the similar prior registered trademark may request cancelling the said mark later.
    • Issue an office action, the applicant has to amend the application specifications as requested, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
  • The TMO publishes the trademark certificate in the official gazette within 3 months from issuance of certificate for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • You may file a cancellation action against the infringed mark within 5 years from the date of registration of the trademark.
  • The trademark's registration is valid for 15 Gregorian years, starting from the filing date, and renewable for similar consecutive periods.

Trademark Renewal: 

  • The renewal process takes up to 1 month to be completed.
  • A single application could be filed for multiple classes.
  • The renewal application should be filed within the last year of the valid protection period.
  • A 3 months grace period after the expiry of the valid protection period is granted for filing late renewal, subject to late penalty fees.
  • The application will undergo formality examination by the TMO which will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the certificate of renewal will be issued.
    • Conditionally accept the application, the applicant has to amend the application to comply with the TMO regulations; otherwise the application will be rejected.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The trademark renewal is valid for another 15 Gregorian consecutive years starting from the expiry of the previous protection period.

Trademark Change of Name and/or Address: 

  • The recordal of change process takes 1 month to be completed.
  • A single application could be filed for multiple classes.
  • The application will undergo formality examination by the TMO which will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the certificate of change will be issued.
    • Conditionally accept the application, the applicant has to amend the application to comply with the TMO regulations; otherwise the application will be rejected.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

Trademark Assignment: 

  • The recordal of the assignment takes 1 month to be completed.
  • A single application could be filed for multiple classes.
  • The application will undergo formality examination by the TMO which will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the certificate of assignment will be issued.
    • Conditionally accept the application, the applicant has to amend the application to comply with the TMO regulations; otherwise the application will be rejected.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

Lebanon Trademarks Requirements

Trademark Registration:

  • Copy of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • A list of the goods to be covered by the application (Classes) - translated to Arabic.
  • Power of attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Lebanese embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted upon submission of the application to the trademark office.
  • A certified copy of the priority document translated to Arabic within 60 days of filing in case claimed.
  • A copy of the commercial certificate translated to Arabic if the applicant is a company and a copy of the applicant ID if the applicant is an individual.

Trademark Renewal:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Lebanese embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted upon submission of the application to the trademark office.
  • A high resolution colored copy of the trademark registration certificate.

Trademark - Change of Name and/or Address:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the change specifications.
  • A document proving the change of name and/or address translated to Arabic notarized and legalized at the Lebanese embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted upon submission of the application to the trademark office.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Lebanese embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted upon submission of the application to the trademark office.
  • The original trademark registration certificate, if not available, a certified copy of the certificate should be issued prior to proceeding with the changes.

Trademark Assignment:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the assignment specifications.
  • An assignment document translated to Arabic translated to Arabic notarized and legalized at the Lebanese embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted upon submission of the application to the trademark office.
  • Power of attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Lebanese embassy and subsequently locally legalized and submitted upon submission of the application to the trademark office.
  • The original trademark registration certificate, if not available, a certified copy of the certificate should be issued prior to proceeding with the changes.

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