Registered Designs

 Membership of International Conventions:

  • Paris Convention (from 28 September 1976)
  • WIPO (from 28 September 1976)

Types of Designs available:

  • Industrial Designs and Models.

Novelty Requirements:

A design is new if it has not been published or used in Libya during the preceding fifty years. A six month grace period preceding the filing date or priority date is provided for disclosure of the design at an officially recognised exhibition in Libya or by publication or use of the design in Libya for which application was filed by a foreigner in a country with which Libya has reciprocal arrangement, or in an International Union country.


An industrial design or model is any arrangement of lines and any shape in colours or without colours used for industrial production whether manually or by a chemical means.

A single application may relate to any number of industrial designs not exceeding fifty embodiments, if the products to which they relate are of the same kind.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of attorney, legalised up to Libyan Consulate level (copy of a notarised Power of Attorney required on the day of filing and legalised Power of Attorney can be late filed within two months).
  • If applicant is a company, either a certified extract of the applicant’s entry in the Commercial Register or a certified copy of the applicant’s Certificate of Incorporation (including the applicant’s address), duly legalised (can be late filed, within two months).
  • Drawings or photographs of the design (required on the day of filing).
  • Certified copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, with verified English translation (can be late filed within three months).
  • A description of the views and a summary of the features of the design in Arabic and English.

Substantive Examination:


Duration and Renewal:

A registered design has an initial term of five years from the filing date, which is extendible upon payment of renewal fees for a further two terms of five years each.

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