Designs and Models

– Law No. 2385 of January 17, 1924, revised by the law of January 31, 1946.
– Law No. 152 / LB of July 19, 1939.

Membership in International Conventions

– Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, London Act, and Articles 13 to 30 Stockholm Act.
– Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), since December 30, 1986.


Applicant: the author or his assignee may be any physical person or body corporate.

Foreigners and nationals not living in the country: must appoint a representative residing in the country.

Filing: may be effected under a sealed or open deposit.

Right to the design or model: use confers property right, registration is prima facie evidence of property.

Exceptions to protection: if the model is considered as a patentable invention, it should be protected by a patent only. But, if the constitutive elements of novelty are separable from the patentable matter, the object can be protected by a patent and a model registration.

Priority: may be claimed at the time of filing or within a period of two months from the filing date.

Filing requirements for an application (to be sent to resident agent):
1. Power of attorney, duly legalized up to a Lebanese Consulate;
2. Drawings in triplicate;
3. Priority document in Convention cases; it must be filed within a period of three months from the application date.

Note: as of April 10, 2015, any application related to IP matters cannot be accepted unless it is accompanied by a power of attorney duly legalized up to a Lebanese Consulate.

Electronic filing: not available. 

Electronic signatures: are accepted.

For a change of name or address:
1. An original extract from the Commercial Register or Notary Certificate evidencing the change and its date, legalized up to a Lebanese Consulate;
2. Power of attorney, legalized up to a Lebanese Consulate.


Examination: as to whether contrary to public order or morals.

Issuance: once the design/model application is accepted, the relevant certificate will be due for issuance (in paper format only).

Beginning of protection: date of filing.

Duration: twenty-five years.

Renewal: protection is available for a maximum of fifty years. At the beginning of the 2nd period of twenty-five years, the design or model is necessarily available to the public. A grace period of three months from the expiry date is allowed only to the nationals of the International Union of Paris, during which the application for renewal should be filed. 

Assignment and license: must be recorded on the Design Register to be effective against third parties. The registration certificate should be returned and a new title shall be issued showing the name of the assignee.

Refusal of Protection after Registration

Cancellation action: may be instituted by any interested person at any time during the term of protection on such grounds as lack of novelty.