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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention: Yes
  • PCT: Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO: No
  • OAPI: No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, claims and abstract if non-PCT (required on day of filing)
  • Arabic translation of specification, claims, abstract and drawings (can be filed within 2 months of filing date)
  • Power of Attorney, legalised (simply signed copy required on day of filing, original can be filed within 2 months of filing date)
  • Assignment of Invention, legalized (can be filed within 2 months of filing date)
  • Certificate of Incorporation, legalized with Arabic translation thereof (can be filed within 2 months of filing date)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document with Arabic translation thereof (if not filed during the international phase) (can be filed within 2 months of filing date)

Novelty:   Local novelty only is required

Patentability:    Methods of treatment, surgery and diagnosis are not patentable

Excess fees:   None

Examination:   As to form only

Term of Patent:   10 years for patents relating to foodstuffs, medicines and pharmaceutical preparations

15 years for all other patents, in certain circumstances extendable for a further 5 years

Renewals:   Payable annually on the anniversary date of the effective filing date, but only due after grant of the patent

General Information 

  • Area: Approximately 1 759 540 km2
  • Population: 6.5 million
  • Capital: Tripoli
  • Currency: Libyan Dinar
  • GDP: $ 89 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .ly
  • Languages: Arabic (official language)
  • Exports: Crude oil; refined petroleum products; natural gas; chemicals
  • Imports: Machinery; transport equipment; manufactured goods

International / Regional Conventions: 

  • Berne Convention
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention