Trademarks

Law

Laws and Systems of the commercial and industrial property in Lebanon Resolution No. 2385, issued on 17 January 1924, amended by the law of 31 January 1946.

Conventions/Bodies

Paris Convention, Berne, Nice, UCT, Madrid Agreement and WIPO.

Classification

International Classification of goods and services. An application can include goods and/or services in any number of classes but a separate official fee is to be paid for each class. It is possible to file for protection in an entire class of goods.

Duration

Registration is valid for 15 years from the date of filing and renewable for similar periods. A grace period of 3 months from expiration is allowed for filing a late renewal.

Use

Use of a trademark in Lebanon is not compulsory for filing applications or maintaining registrations.

Examination

Once a trademark application is filed, it is examined as to whether it is contrary to the public order and morals or representing national or foreign decorations. Also, it is examined as to its registrability and existence of prior rights. If similar or identical trademark registrations exist under the same class, a Notice of Similarity has to be signed on behalf of the client as an acknowledgement of taking note of the existence of these conflicting registrations. When the trademark is accepted, the Registrar waits for the decision of the Israeli Boycott Department to check whether the applicant is on the boycott list or not. A trademark is deemed registered upon payment of the registration fees. There is no provision for opposition.

Assignment

The assignment of a trademark may be with or without the goodwill of the business concerned. The recordation of an assignment must be made within one month from their date. Late recordation is possible subject to payment of a fine.

IP Decisions KSA