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What are the costs of a trademark registration in Libya?
The costs of trademark registration in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya depend on the number of Nice classes that are relevant to the trademark. Most marks need 1 to 3 classes, but it is possible to get protection in all of classes 1 through 45 of the Nice classification.
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How do you get a trademark registration in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya?
You can register your trademark with the National Authority for Scientific Research (NASR). Incidentally, it is not necessary to actually use your brand name if you want to have it registered in Libya. There are two exceptions for which you cannot register a trademark, namely products that are related to alcohol or pork.
If you can register your trademark, you must submit certain documents. Think of the contact details and information about your company, such as an extract from the Trade Register or a deed of incorporation. You also submit a copy of your brand name. Make sure this copy is identical to the original, because what you submit is the only thing that will be protected. Also consider a list of goods or services that you offer.
Why protect your trademark?
If a company or individual sees that you are successful and your brand name is not registered in Libya, abuse can take place. Anyone can register that mark, making it impossible for you to use it in Libya.
In addition, you run the risk of not only misusing your name, but also offering the same goods or services. Besides the fact that you miss out on sales, there is also a chance that your reputation will be damaged because the quality is not the same. In short, enough reason to protect your brand in time and have your name registered in Libya.
Why do you always have to do a trademark search?
Before submitting an application, it is best to first check whether and to what extent you can protect your trademark on the Libyan market. After all, you don’t want to find out about this until it’s already too late. With a trademark search you conduct research into the market with the aim of finding out which brand names already exist that resemble your brand name. This way you know in advance which options you have to use and secure your trademark.
Is it necessary to register all variants of your trademark?
In Libya, you have to be extra careful when you apply for trademark registration for a trademark that consists of several elements. This is because only only the combination that you provide during registration is protected. For example, if you have a logo that contains both text and an image, you must submit a request for registration for those separate elements. If you don’t do this, someone else can in most cases abuse part of your brand name.
Fortunately, in some cases you can also do something about it if your brand name is infringed. If someone copies part of your brand name and also starts trading the same goods or services, you can object to this. A situation of confusing resemblance then arises, and that is punishable by law. The question is whether you will be right, because every case is different.
What is the validity period of a trademark in Libya?
Your registration is valid in Libya for 10 years from the moment you submit the application. If the validity is about to expire, you can request an extension from 6 months before the end date, again for a period of 10 years. You can still arrange the extension up to 6 months after the expiry date, but you will then pay a compensation for the delay.
If you have registered a brand without actively trading with it, you have to pay extra attention. If you do not use your brand name for more than 5 years, the validity of the registration will be cancelled. You can avoid this by showing minimal activity every now and then.
Where do you need to register your trademark?
It is logical that you register your trademark in the country where you are located. But there are more locations where you might benefit from having your brand secured there. Think, for example, of countries where you may have production lines running. Have you already registered your trademark there? If not, you could be in for some nasty surprises.
You can also do a risk analysis to see in which countries you run the greatest risk of misuse of your brand name. Of course you also want to enjoy protection in those places. Then there are the locations where major competitors operate. It is also a good idea to have your brand registered here.