Two important Ministerial decisions have been published in the Official Gazette no. 59 on March 13, 2011 related to the patent protection framework in Egypt, more specifically, the details of each decree are as follows:
– The 30-month time limit for entering the national phase under PCT Chapters I and II may no longer be extended for an additional 3-month period upon submission of a written request and payment of a substantial surcharge for late entry, (Ministerial Decree no. 23).
– Increase in the official examination fees, (Ministerial Decree no 22).
The above decisions are effective as of March 13, 2011.
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