Libya- Trade Marks and Patents offices closed again

Following the recent fighting in Libya both the Trade Marks and Patents Offices have closed once again.

When the civil war erupted in February 2011, in common with other Government offices, the Trade Marks and Patents Offices closed. Initially, there was concern that these offices, which are located in the capital, Tripoli, might have been damaged or destroyed in the fighting, but when the war ended in October 2011 we were pleased to discover that they had been placed under armed guard, and had survived intact. The Patents Office resumed normal operations in 2012, and the Trade Marks Office in 2013.

Unfortunately, with unrest in Libya rising again, the functions of both offices are disrupted. We are monitoring the situation closely but it is impossible to estimate when normal functions will be resumed.

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Date published: 2014/09/11

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