Tuesday, September 19, 2017

As more and more patent offices in the Middle East and North Africa region establish themselves as receiving offices for national applicants, the services they provide improve over time. Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Patent Office, which is the only regional International Search Authority and International Preliminary Examination Authority, is now offering the possibility for Egyptian nationals to file international applications electronically. Applicants can file in Arabic or English and designate any one of the following competent examining authorities: the United States, Austria, Egypt, and the European Patent Office.

We expect this update to simplify and streamline the filing process for locals. Over time, statistics will show the number of applications filed by Egyptian innovators receiving the PCT/EGYYYY/XXXXXX serial number.

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