The past 9 months have been doused in a plethora of difficulties, with the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of a complete overhaul of existing, firmly entrenched daily workings.
Fortunately, glimmers of good news do surface, and for proprietors who have filed applications for the registration of their trade marks in Libya, this definitely appears to be the case.
Following a dry spell that lasted 3 years, the Libyan Trade Marks Office (“TMO”) recently issued its Official Gazette on 23 September 2020. The opposition period is 3 months from the date of publication and interested third parties, therefore, have until 22 December 2020 to oppose any published applications.
At the moment, 224 applications have been published and the Libyan TMO is anticipated to publish additional Gazettes in the next 3 months in an attempt to curb the mounting backlog.
We will soon be in a position to report the notices of publication to our clients. We are hopeful that, in the absence of any objections, this will pave the way to ultimately securing registration of all pending matters in Libya.
We will be sure to keep all interested parties in the loop!