We have just learnt that the Libyan Patent Office has resumed its operations after a nine-month period of closure. All deadlines which fell due during this period of closure were extended until the Patent Office became operational again, and as this has now occurred, national phase applications with filing deadlines falling due during the closure period may still be filed. 

Libya has a requirement of only local, and not absolute, novelty, and so the disclosure of an invention after the expiry of the Convention deadline will not necessarily constitute a bar to the valid filing of a patent application there.

Under the current patent legislation, patent annuities are due on each anniversary of the filing date, but are payable only after the grant of a patent.

The Libyan Trade Mark Office is also expected to resume its activities shortly, and we will post an update to this effect at the relevant time.