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LB Domain Name Dispute Resolution
The Lebanese Domain Registry (LBDR) is a CLOSED COUNTRY registry.
To be entitled to apply for a XXX.LB domain name, the beneficiary entity should demonstrate official
Lebanese status and should own the rights to the trademark/trade-name in Lebanon under class 35. We
will refer to the domain name beneficiary entity as DOMAIN-BENEFICIARY.
Definition of Dispute: The incumbent DOMAIN-BENEFICIARY might be infringing upon the rights of another
Lebanese trademark name owner.
Nature of Dispute:
The LB domain name disputes are primarily disputes over Lebanese trademark ownership and the
right to use of a trade name as part of a domain name. Registering a domain name does not confer
any legal rights to that name and any disputes between parties over the rights to use a particular
name are to be settled between the contending parties using normal legal methods.
The dispute is between the incumbent DOMAIN-BENEFICIARY and the owner of a Lebanese
Trademark. The LBDR is not a party in the trademark ownership dispute and has no opinion on
who owns the use of the trade name as a domain name.
To register a domain name under the Lebanese Domain Registry, it is mandatory to trademark the
domain name in Lebanon under class 35 (rule in effect since October 1999 and enforced starting
January 01, 2001).
Domain names are registered on a "first come, first served" basis. It is not the registry duty or
responsibility to screen requested domain names to determine whether the use of a domain name
by an applicant may infringe upon the right(s) of a third party. The DOMAIN-BENEFICIARY
certifies that, to her/his knowledge, the use of the domain name does not violate trademark or other
Given the fact that all Lebanese trademark certificates issued by Intellectual Property Office at the
Ministry of Economy & Trade are tagged by a general disclaimer the