Current situation and trademark protection in Libya

Since the fall of Mouammar Khadafi in 2011 and the civil war which engulfed Libya, the Libyan Industrial Property Office was being incessantly opened and closed, rendering trademark protection difficult in the country.

The Libyan Intellectual Property Office was reopened on December 7, under the control of the Fajr Libya militia.

While it is once again feasible to file applications for new trademarks, it cannot be said for sure that their registration will be valid given that the political situation remains volatile in Libya. It is not certain whether the Fajr Libya militia will manage to keep control over the Office.

The Government and the Libyan Parliament are trying to regain control of the Office. It is thus not recommended to file applications for new trademarks for the time being in Libya.

Dreyfus & associés is at your disposal for any advice on this matter.