LEBANON - The organizations associated with the country are - World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Conventions regulated for the country are - Berne Convention, Brussels Convention, Paris Convention, Patent Law Treaty, Rome Convention, Trademark Law Treaty, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, Budapest Treaty, Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement.

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Organizations

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Conventions

Berne Convention, Brussels Convention, Paris Convention, Patent Law Treaty, Rome Convention, Trademark Law Treaty, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, Budapest Treaty, Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement

Power of Attorney

Protection Term:

Trademark registrations are valid for 15 years from filing date and are renewable for like periods. There is a grace period of 3 months for late renewals with payment of a surcharge.

Classification:

The International Classification of Goods and Services (11th Edition) is followed. A single application may include several classes.

Opposition:

Not possible. Registered trademarks are published in the Official Gazette. Oppositions to any registered trademark may be filed before the Court.

Power of Attorney:

General Power of attorney is sufficient for continuous application.

Use Requirements:

Use of a trademark is not required for registration or renewal of a mark.

Assignment:

Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned and May be recorded for registrations only within 3 months from effective date otherwise a surcharge is levied for each 2-month delay.

License:

License recordation is not compulsory to be effective against third parties and May be recorded for registrations only within 3 months from effective date otherwise a surcharge is levied for each 2-month delay.

Merger:

May be recorded for registered marks only within 3 months from effective date otherwise a surcharge is levied for each 2-month delay.

Change of Name/Address:

May be recorded for registrations marks.

Time Frame:

Conducting search is between 2 to 5 working days, Registration/Renewal process is within 01 to 02 months and Recordation process within 01 to 02 months.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • A priority document if priority is to be claimed.

Renewal:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate (in case we are not the agents of record).

Assignment:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the assignee duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Deed of assignment signed by the both parties duly legalized as above.

License:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the licensee duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • License Agreement signed by the both parties duly legalized as above.

Merger:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Certificate of Merger duly legalized as above.

Change of Name/Address:

  • Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Certificate of change of name/address duly legalized as above.

Cancellation:

  • A specified Power of attorney legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.

Protection Term:

The term of protection is 20 years from filing date.

Annuities:

A maintenance fee is due annually on the anniversary of the filing date and is payable before the granting of the patent. There is a 6-month grace period for late payment with a surcharge.

Opposition:

No provisions for opposition.

Search:

Not Applicable.

Examination:

As to form only.

Compulsory License:

A patent has to be worked. If the patent is not being fully exploited by the patentee within 3 years from the date of grant, then the patent will be subject to compulsory licensing under the provisions of the law.

Novelty Requirements:

Absolute novelty is required.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Deed of Assignment duly legalized as above. if the applicant is not the inventor.
  • A priority document if priority is to be claimed.

Assignment:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the assignee duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Deed of assignment signed by the both parties duly legalized as above.

License:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the licensee duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • License Agreement signed by the both parties duly legalized as above.

Merger:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Certificate of Merger duly legalized as above.

Change of Name/Address:

  • Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Certificate of change of name/address duly legalized as above.

Protection Term:

25 years from filing date.

Examination:

As to form only.

Renewal:

For one additional term of 25 years. There is a 3-month grace period for late payment with a surcharge.

Multiple Applications:

Admissible up to 100 figures.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Deed of Assignment duly legalized as above. if the applicant is not the inventor.
  • A priority document if priority is to be claimed.

Assignment:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the assignee duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Deed of assignment signed by the both parties duly legalized as above.

License:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the licensee duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • License Agreement signed by both parties duly legalized as above.

Merger:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Certificate of Merger duly legalized as above.

Change of Name/Address:

  • Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  • Certificate of change of name/address duly legalized as above.

Cancellation:

  • A specified Power of attorney legalized up to the Lebanese.