The IP governmental office in the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade has announced continuation of their operations on the 25th.August.2020 that were halted after the catastrophic blast in Beirut.
The Lebanese IP Office is partially operational, accepting patent and design applications, new trademark applications with a priority claim, renewals and annuities, and all recordal applications. However, new trademark applications that do not hold a priority claim are being submitted online only, examination will start upon further notification from the office.
Moreover, all deadlines (Renewals, annuities, priorities, documents submission) are now extended officially until the end of this year (31st.December.2020) in accordance with Law No. 185 that has been signed and approved by the cabinet. Deadlines were originally extended as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19 in Lebanon, and now extended further due to the economic situation in Lebanon with Covid-19 and the explosion that has left the capital of Lebanon with a lot of destruction.