Patents: Lebanon

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention

Novelty Requirements : Yes – worldwide Novelty

Claiming priority : Yes

Examination : Yes – as to Novelty

Protection Period : 20 Years from filing date

Publication : None

Opposition : None

Annuity Payments : Annually

Grace period for Annuity payments : 6 Months with fines

Compulsory Licensing : Yes – if the Patent was not exploited with 3 years as of Grant date.

Working or nominal working of Patents/Inventions : Yes


Filing Requirements

Patent Filing Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Lebanese Consulate.
  2. The name, address, nationality and occupation of the applicant(s) and inventor(s). 
  3. Three copies of the specifications and claims in any major language (especially 
    English, French or Arabic), and three sets of the formal drawings.
  4. If convention priority is to be claimed, a legalized copy of the home application should be filed within the priority deadline including the date and number of the previous applications or registrations in foreign countries. 
  5. If the applicant is not the inventor, a certified copy of the deed of assignment is required.
  6. An Arabic translation of the Summary of the Invention.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Lebanese Consulate.
  2. A deed of assignment legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  3. The name, nationality, address and business of the assignee. 
  4. The number and date of the trademark or patent concerned. 


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