Designs and Models

– Law No. 8 of 2007 on Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Industrial Designs and Models, in force since April 12, 2007, as amended by Decree No. 47 dated August 16, 2009.
– Ministerial Resolution No. 1306 of 2009, in force since May 27, 2009.

Membership in International Conventions

– Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, Stockholm Act.
– Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), since November 18, 2004.
– Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, Geneva Act, since May 7, 2008.

Filing, Protection

Applicant: applications may be filed by resident individuals or companies directly or by registered attorneys or agents in the case of non-residents.

Boycott Declaration: all foreign first-time applicants are no longer required to submit the Boycott of Israel Declaration, provided that they are not listed on the Boycott Office Black List.

Examination: formal and substantive examination as to novelty.

Novelty: absolute novelty is required. However, disclosure of a design in official or officially recognized national or international exhibitions shall not be taken into consideration if it occurred within a six-month grace period preceding the filing date of the design application.

Series applications: an application may comprise up to five designs.

Opposition: possible within ninety days from the publication date.

Protection: begins as from the date of filing.

Delivery of document: the registration certificate is issued in paper format.

Duration of validity: five years.

Renewal: possible for two periods of five years each. Renewal applications of designs registered under the old law shall be subject to the examination and opposition procedure similar to the newly filed applications, but only for the first renewal under the new law. A grace period of six months is allowed for renewal, with fine.

Use: only the actual use of a model or design gives a right to protection.

Infringement: the penalty for infringement, in the form of a fine, is determined by the court.

Invalidation: refusal of protection can be obtained by interested parties by court action only.

Filing requirements for an application (to be sent to resident agent):
1. Power of attorney, legalized up to the Syrian Consulate in home country. The power of attorney may be lodged at local Notary Public and used as a general power for an indefinite period of time; further approval procedures involve a longer period for obtention;
2. A specimen, drawing or reproduction of each design in quadruplicate; textile patterns should be pasted on thin cardboard and serially numbered;
3. A description in English or French in quadruplicate of each design.

Electronic filing: not available. 

Electronic signatures: are not accepted (only wet signatures). A scanned copy of a signed document is acceptable instead of the original, in case it is authenticated as a true copy.

For a change of name or address:
1. A legalized change of name or address document;
2. Power of attorney in the new name/address (legalized).