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New Trademark Filing System in Lebanon

Guiding Principle

The Ministry of Economics and Trade, the General Directorate of Economic and Trades, and the Intellectual Property Protection Department – Trademarks Division, in an attempt to develop the trademarks registration procedure, has adopted a new online filing system as of February 2013.

No more hard copies are required to be submitted for filing trademark applications and obtaining a filing date and a filing number. However, the new trademark system has added new requirements upon filing the trademark application at the Trademark Department, as follows:

  • Applicant details have to be entered in Arabic and English language;
  • Trademark name and design have to be supplied as PDF file even if it is a word mark;
  • Applications have to include Arabic transliteration of the trademark;
  • Full name and capacity of the signatory on the power of attorney (PoA) must be clearly indicated on the application.

The benefits of the new online trademark filing system are:

  • The new trademark system make the filing procedure faster;
  • The new trademark system managed to eliminate the typing errors occurring during filing the trademark application;
  • Time saving by omitting the need to submit hard copies of the application by person.
April, 2013 Tarek Jairwdeh
Meyer-Reumann & Partners, Dubai Office
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