Trademark Oppositions in Lebanon

Cancellations in national trademark registration procedure in Lebanon

A trademark is any sign that can be represented graphically and capable of distinguishing goods or services.

After filing the trademark application, there is an examination step in which the examiners from the Patent and Trademark Office checks the proposed description of goods and/or services associated with the given mark and decides whether it can be registered or not.

Please note that, in Lebanon, trademark oppositions are not available. Registration is automatically obtained at the filing date.

The alternative that an opponent can use is the cancellation. The cancellation or any equivalent procedure should be based on relative and absolute grounds, bad faith issues, conflicting copyright or design rights; rights under Art. 6 bis of the Paris Convention or notorious or well-known mark;  rights under Art. 6 septies of the Paris Convention; rights in a registered company name (local or foreign), rights under Art. 8 of the Paris Convention; rights under Art. 6 ter of the Paris Convention(Prohibitions concerning State Emblems, Official Hallmarks, and Emblems of Intergovernmental Organizations); offenses against public policy or principles of morality.

If the cancellation action is based on priority of use, the deadline for commencing this procedure is within five years from the date of registration of the contested trademark.

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