Trademarks: Lebanon

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention

Classification : Int’l Classifications (Classes 1-45); Multi-Class Filing

What is Registrable : Trademarks, Service Marks & Collective Marks

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes

Examination : Marks are examined as to whether it is contrary to the public order and morals or representing national or foreign decorations.

Publication : Yes in the Official Gazette
Opposition : None – there are no provisions for opposition

Time Frame for Registration : 2 months
Registration Term : 15 Years from acceptance date
Renewal Term : 15 Years
Grace Period for Renewals : 3 months as of expiration date

Use Requirement : use of a trademark is not compulsory for filing applications, or for maintaining trademark registration in force.

Cancellation : A cancellation action may be requested by any interested party at any time during the term of protection on such grounds as lack of distinctiveness and improper registration. Any party that has been using a mark prior to the date of application for its registration may within a period of 5 years from the filing date, request the court to remove the improperly registered mark.

Marking Requirements : None

Assignments - Must Assignments be recorded ? No
Can pending applications be Assigned ? Yes

Licenses - Must Licenses be recorded ? No
Can pending application be Licensed ? Yes

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Lebanese Consulate. 
  2. A certified copy of the home certificate of registration or application is required 
    only for claiming convention priority provided it is filed within three months of 
    the filing date. 
  3. The name, address and nationality of the applicant and the nature of its business. 
  4. The list of the goods to be covered by the application. 
  5. Ten (10) prints of the trademark

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Lebanese Consulate.
  2. The number and date of the trademark.
  3. Prints of the Mark.

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 number and date of the trademark or patent concerned.
  4. The name, nationality, address and business of the assignee.

License Recordal Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Lebanese Consulate. 
  2. A license agreement or a declaration legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate. 
  3. The name, nationality and address of the licensee. 
  4. The number and date of the trademark concerned. 
  5. An Arabic translation of each document.

Change of Name Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Lebanese Consulate.
  2. A certified copy of the change of name certificate issued by the home registry and 
    legalized up to the Lebanese Consulate.
  3. The number and date of the trademark or the patent concerned.

Change of Address Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Lebanese Consulate.
  2. The number and date of the trademark concerned. 
  3. A Notarized document showing the change of address.

 

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