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Friday, 12 April 2013
Libya Trademark Offices re-opens
Word from Aminou Ndala TITA, media and IP Officer for non profit organisation Taking IT Global reports from Cameroon that the Trademark Office in Libya officially re-opens nearly two years after its services were interrupted as a result of the latest civil unrest in the country. The Office is now ready to accept search requests and is expected to begin admitting new trademark applications starting May 2013.
The most important change which has taken place in the country following the recent events is related to the Libya-Switzerland relations. Specifically, Switzerland has recently established formal diplomatic relations with the Libyan government after a three-year breakdown in relations between the two countries. The implication of this development is that it will now be possible for Swiss applicants to file new applications. This link from WIPO, sourced from JAH & Co in Qatar explains that the "The Trademark Office will start receive the search application from April 1, 2013 and filing new Mark applications will take place starting May 2013."
"any deadlines or priority dates which fell within the Libyan revolution will be taken in consideration."