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Lebanon Patents FAQ

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

A: Law No. 240/2000 of 2000 on Patents

Q: Is the country a member of Paris Convention? 

A: Yes

Q: Is the country a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)? 

A: No

Q: Is your country a member of the GCC Patent Cooperation Treaty? 

A: No

Q: What are the conditions to register a patent?

A: Patents should be:

  • New;
  • Involve an inventive step;
  • Industrially applicable.

Q: What cannot be registered as patents?

A: The below cannot be registered as patents:

  • Scientific discoveries and theories and absolute mathematical methods that are not industrially applicable.
  • Principals and means of performing purely mental activities in economic or financial fields or in playing games.
  • Methods of medical diagnosis or treatment related to humans or animals but not products or utilities for use in such methods.

Q: If a worker invented a patent, can he register the patent in his name?

A: Inventions resulting from an employment agreement which dictates that the employee's job includes inventive functions, researches, studies or testing on behalf of the employer; shall be owned by the employer. All other inventions shall be owned by the employee. Yet, if the invention took place while the employee was executing his job, or such invention is within the activities of the employer due to information provided by the employer or utilizing of means or technologies related to the employer, then the employer, within one year from publishing the patent in Lebanon, shall be entitled to inform the employee by a written notice his desire to own the rights resulting from the invention or to partially or totally utilize such for a fair compensation either amicably agreed upon or through a Court of Law.

Q: Can the applicant amend an application under process?

A: No

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

A: No

Q: Can a patent search be conducted?

A: No

Q: Can priority be claimed according to Paris Convention?  

A: Yes, within 12 months from the first filing date.

Q: Is the certificate issued in paper or electronically?

A: Paper

Q: Is the usage of the registered patent compulsory?

A: Yes, the patent must be used in Lebanon within three years from the date of grant; otherwise the patent will be subject to compulsory licensing.

Lebanon Patents Process

Patent Registration: 

  • The patent registration process takes up to 1 month.
  • Lebanon is a filing system in which patent applications do not undergo any substantive examination, only formally examined.
  • A certificate of registration will be issued within 2-3 weeks.
  • The patent will be published within three month after settling the required fees. However, the applicant has the right to seize publishing the patent for 6 months extendable up to three years.
  • The patent registration is valid for 20 years, from the date of filing.

 

Patent Annuities: 

  • A patent is protected for 20 years from the filing date.
  • Annuities should be settled prior to the anniversary of the filing date until the termination of the patent protection duration. For example: if the patent was filed on 30 January, then the annuity should be settled every year prior to 30 January.
  • A 3 months grace period is granted subject to late penalty fees if the applicant fails to settle the annuity within deadline.

Lebanon Patents Requirements

Patent  Registration:

  • Applicant name and address.
  • Inventor(s) name and address.
  • Patent specifications, abstract, drawings, and claims in English or Arabic or French submitted upon filing.
  • Certified copy of the priority documents submitted within 30 days from the filing date.
  • Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or an extract from the commercial register.
  • Power of attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized up to the Lebanese consulate within 30 days from the filing date.
  • Deed of assignment signed by the inventor(s), notarized and legalized up to the Lebanese consulate within 30 days from the filing date.

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 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.

Libya 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?   15 years
Are there any annuity fees to pay?   Yes every 5 years

Libya Design Process

One application can cover only one design.
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 1 to 2 years. 
No annuities 
The design registration is valid for 5 years. 
Renewal is allowed twice for 5 years.

Libya 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.
Copy of the commercial certificate document is required.

Libya Trademarks FAQ

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

A: Law No. 23 of 2010 pertaining Commercial Activity

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 TRIPS Agreement?   

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: Yes, the below goods and services cannot be registered:

  • Pork and related products
  • Alcoholic beverages and related products
  • Bar and night club services

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?

A: No, 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 register the same mark?

A: A mark, which is not renewed, cannot be re-registered in favor of third parties in respect of identical or similar goods or services before the lapse of three years from the date of non-renewal.

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, any assignment or amendment can be done if the trademark is aacepted.

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

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