Intellectual Property Law Firm Lebanon | Abou Jaoude & Associates

Intellectual Property

The Firm’s Intellectual Property team is on the leading edge with regard to protecting valuable IP rights.

We strive to understand our clients’ businesses so we can help them realize the full potential of their ideas, identities and innovations. Our IP team of experts has extensive expertise offering a full range of legal services for the acquisition, commercialization, protection and enforcement of intellectual property and technology assets in the areas of trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and rights of privacy and publicity.

The IP practice group regularly advises on global intellectual property strategies, the development and management of IP portfolios in key markets, the registration of IP rights in multiple jurisdictions, advertising and sponsorship agreements, confidentiality agreements, employee restrictive covenants, and more generally the licensing agreements of different IP rights in the media and entertainment industries. We conduct IP due diligence for strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and the formation of joint ventures.

The Firm's work extends to cover intellectual property litigations, where we render pre-litigation assessments and opinions, infringement and validity analyses, and regularly advocate for our clients in IP matters, including for the enforcement of trademark portfolios of new and leading brands worldwide.

Awards & Recognitions

The Firm is consistently recognized as a market leader by the prominent international legal directories Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

Band 1 Firm
Chambers Global 2022, Corporate & Finance

“Abou Jaoude & Associates maintains a commanding position at the forefront of the Lebanese legal market. The team […] has a strong track record of acting for big-name clients on a wide variety of cutting-edge matters.
A fine law firm with fine lawyers.”

Top Tier Firm
The Legal 500 EMEA 2022, Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Lebanon Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Middle East Awards, 2021 

Band 1 Firm
Chambers Global 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Corporate & Finance

“An impressive international clientele, [and a] long-established presence in the commercial sphere.”
Abou Jaoude & Associates impresses clients with the ‘360-degree coverage’ provided by its pool of experts […].”
“The firm is best known for its regional and international reach.”

Top Tier Firm
The Legal 500 EMEA 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Commercial, Corporate and M&A
“Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is a top name for corporate work in Lebanon and is valued for its 'excellent communication skills, and high level of know-how'.”

The Firm’s recent notable representative experience in Intellectual Property includes:

  • Advised regional TV powerhouse LBCI on all types of media-related agreements involving the licensing of IP rights and the cross-border acquisition of several format rights and television series.
  • Advised prominent businessman Carlos Ghosn on major entertainment contracts related to the licensing of IP rights for the creation of TV series and life documentaries by Arab media powerhouse MBC and global streaming service leader Apple TV.
  • Advised the pioneer start-up CGreen on the patenting of a novel sludge treatment solution for the development of organic fertilizers in compliance the FAO guidelines. 
  • Advised Carlos Ghosn, the notorious former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Group, on major publication agreements for the publishing of several books by leading publishing houses in France (La Librairie Arthème Fayard), the US (Tanooki Press LLC), Japan (Gentosha), and Lebanon (Samir Editeur).
  • Advised renowned music band Mashrou’ Leila on major entertainment agreements, including license contracts with the world’s leading Dutch-American music corporation Universal Music Group and major British media company AMP Media Limited, a concert agreement with Jordan Festival, and an artist appearance agreement on the Coke Studio platform with Universal Music MENA.
  • Advised leading pharmaceuticals group Benta on the registration of patents for novel pharmaceutical products under complex healthcare regulations.
  • Advised the Liban Jazz Festival on several contracts with renowned international artists.
  • Advised leading F&B brand ARUBA on winning a major trademark infringement lawsuit against main market competitor in Lebanon DOMO.
  • Advised renowned international luxury fashion house Zuhair Murad on a copyright infringement case.
  • Advised the leader in Lebanese sweets Hallab 1881 on several trademark infringement cases in Lebanon and France.
  • Advised leading TV Station LBCI on a wide spectrum of pre-litigation negotiations and lawsuits related to the infringement of IP rights. 
  • Advised radio station Light FM on pre-litigation negotiations related to the infringement of IP rights.
  • Advised on the global IP strategy for the expansion plans of major groups in F&B, luxury fashion, retail, pharmaceuticals, and consumer electronics.
  • Advised on the local and international registration of trademarks, copyrights and other IP rights of leading groups across industries.
Intellectual Property