According to an official memorandum issued by the Egyptian Patent Office on June 6, 2009, the term of protection of a national phase PCT application will be 20 years from the international filing date and the maintenance fees will be due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date, payable before the granting of the patent. Before this new decision, the protection term and the annuity fees were calculated from the national filing date of the patent application.

Based on this new decision, cumulative annuities of pending and granted cases (filed before June 6, 2009), which fell due on the first and each subsequent anniversary of the international filing date, must be settled by no later than December 6, 2009.

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