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Patent

Forms part of

Paris Convention
Convention establishing World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) but national law has not been amended to recognise the PCT.

Patents of Invention
Patents of Addition

National novelty with 50-year restriction

Only formal examination

15 years from date of filing Libyan patent application, with a possible 5-year extension. The term for patents on chemical processes relating to foodstuffs or pharmaceuticals is ten years with no extension period.

Annual maintenance fees applicable.

A patent becomes null if not worked either in Libya or a country of origin within three years from the date of grant. There is a potential two-year extension of this period.