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Custom Recordal of IPRs in Lebanon

Lebanon

Custom Recordal of IPRs
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The Customs Act forms the legal basis for Custom Recordal of IPRs (Border Control Measures) in Lebanon.
Custom Recordal of IPRs is effective on both the import and export of goods.
The role of the customs is to spot suspecting goods and hold the shipment for further action. They also inform the rights holder so that he or she can institute a court proceeding.
The application can be made to the LTMO (Lebanese TM Office), which then verifies the genuineness of the goods. After accepting the application, the TMO informs border authorities to seize these products.
The documents required to be submitted include the proof of ownership and substantial and reasonable proof regarding the counterfeit products.
Yes
The customs authority has a centralized system.
No
No official fee is there for Custom Recordal in Lebanon.
Yes
The customs authority suspends the clearance of imported goods when it suspects that the goods might be infringing. It may suspend such goods initially for 02 weeks.
The losing party to the suit bears the cost of storing the seized goods.
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Yes
Yes
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Yes
The customs authorities initiate criminal cases by submitting a report of the seizure to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the department of the Ministry of Economy and Trade, charged with notifying the injured party.
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Yes, since it is not a well-structured system. Only when goods are found to be infringing can an action be taken. Otherwise recordal is not possible due to strict want of proof.
Yes
No, supplementary proof against counterfeit goods are needed.
In cases where it would be impossible to assess the value of the goods seized, a penalty ranging from between L£1 million ($667) to L£10 million ($6,670). Also, the offender can recover the seized goods if he or she is willing to remove the offending marks, labels, signs, or indications of origin.
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