QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Should I register my commercial representation agreement in Lebanon?
Yes, if the commercial representation is exclusive, the commercial representative should register the agreement with the commercial registry in order to oppose it to third parties.
Can I file more than one design in the same application?
Yes, you can.
What if any intellectual property was created by the founder prior to incorporation?
If any intellectual property was created by the founder prior to incorporation, it should be assigned to the company.
Can I register more than one LB domain to the same Lebanese registered company?
Yes, you can register more than one LB domain to the same company if that company owns a Lebanese Trademark Certificate for each of the domain names in Latin script under class 35. The domain name will reflect the exact Trademark Certificate name. i.e. for and XYZ.com.lb you should trademark "XYZ".
What are the various activities of the "Type 2" Industrial Corporations?
“Type 2” Industrial Corporations covers the following activities:
• Mining material
• Mines extracts
• Production of food (e.g. Bird meat)
• Production of paper and cartons
• Production of chemical material, plastic, caoutchouc
• Production of cement
• Production of steel
• Production of batteries
• Production of cars
• Recycling of garbage
How are decisions taken in the general meeting?
Decisions in the general meetings are taken by a simple majority of the present or represented shareholders.
How long does it take to complete the registration of a design?
Under normal circumstances, the registration of a design is completed within a period of 2 weeks; while the relevant registration certificate is issued within 2 weeks of the registration date.
Am I allowed to represent two different companies in Lebanon that work in the same sector?
If the companies exercise the same economic activity or sell competitive products, you need to notify them and they need to accept. Should you hide to one of them your other representation, the contract is vitiated for fraud.
Are ideas protected by copyright law?
No, they are not.
How is a conciliation terminated?
A conciliation is terminated in the following cases:
• When the parties sign an agreement. The agreement should remain confidential unless and to the extent that its execution or application require disclosure.
• The conciliator records a report that the attempt to conciliate is not successful
• One or more parties at any time during the conciliation process reveal their intention that they don't want to pursue the conciliation process
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, typically via the Internet. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are examples of companies in the international crowdfunding market and Zoomal is the main crowdfunding platform in the Arab world.
Should the full capital of a partnership limited by shares be paid upon subscription?
The capital of a partnership limited by shares should be subscribed to in full, but a quarter of the value of the shares should be paid, and the paid amounts should be deposited at an accredited bank.
Is playing music in my company considered private use?
No. The use of a copyrighted work inside a company or at any other work place shall not be considered as personal and private use.
How can I protect my trademark internationally?
If you wish to use your brand internationally, then protection through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Madrid system covering up to 92 countries would be the most feasible avenue. The remaining countries not members to the Madrid Convention will then have to be tackled independently through national or regional filings.
What is copyright?
Copyright is the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.
Who can register a domain name in Lebanon?
The company owning the domain name should have a legal local presence in Lebanon, practicing in Lebanon, and have a number in the commercial registry. If this condition is not available, then the only way to achieve registration is by a specific authorization to register the domain name in the name of a local legal entity.