Patents, Trademarks & Designs

Libya Trade Marks

Trade Mark Registration in Libya

Libya trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. Generally speaking, a trademark is a name, signature, word, letter, numeral, shape, configuration, pattern, ornamentation, colour or container for goods or any combination thereof that is used to distinguish goods or services from those of competitors and others in the marketplace. A trade mark may also be referred to as a “brand”. Regardless of what it is called, a trade mark is the “striking feature” that gives your business or product/service it’s unique identity and makes it stand out amongst competitors.

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Collective marks
  • Certification marks

Trade Mark Duration / Renewals:

10 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years.

Trade Mark Filing Requirements

  • Power of Attorney with Arabic translation, legalised up to the Libyan Consulate
  • Details of the Applicant (full names, physical address, nationality/country of incorporation)
  • Certificate of Incorporation, legalised up to the Libyan Consulate with verified Arabic translation
  • Representation of the trade mark(s)
  • List of goods and/or services

Trade Mark Classes

Nice Classification

The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed. The Nice Classification, established by the Nice Agreement, is an international classification for the registration of marks. A new edition is published every 5 years and a new version of each edition is published annually.

International and Regional Systems

Paris Convention

Libya is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trademarks and designs. The Paris Convention is an international agreement which helps creators ensure that their intellectual property is protected in other countries. It applies to IP in the widest sense as it covers patents, trademarks and industrial designs to name a few.

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