Egypt

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

10th edition – single class application

SEARCH

Possible for word and device marks

EXAMINATION

On formal, absolute, and relative grounds

OPPOSITION

60 days from publication date

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods

USE

Vulnerable to cancellation if mark has not been used for 5 years from registration date

EXTENSION OF TIME

Not possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions

TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Berne Convention, Madrid Agreement (Source), Nairobi Treaty, Paris Convention, Phonograms Convention, Trademark Law Treaty, Hague Agreement, Madrid Agreement (Marks), Madrid Protocol, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Nice Agreement, Strasbourg Agreement


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of incorporation, legalized
  • Copy of priority documents, if priority is claimed, legalized

What you need to know

  • All documents may be submitted within 6 months from filing date

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • Grace period of 6 months

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of change of name/address, legalized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

What you need to know

  • Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned
  • May be recorded for registrations only
  • Separate POAs are required from the assignee and assignor

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, legalized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation, legalized

What you need to know

  • License recordal is not compulsory but advisable in order to be effective against third parties
  • May be recorded for registrations only
  • Separate POAs are required from the licensee and licensor

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

EQUIVALENT SEARCH

Patent applications and patents may be searched by title, patentee name, priority/PCT number, application number, subject matter

EXAMINATION

As to form, novelty, inventiveness, industrial applicability, unity, and compliance

PUBLICATION

Patents are published in the Official Gazette after allowance

OPPOSITION

60 days from publication

ANNUITIES

Due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date (minus one day) and payable prior to grant. 12 months grace period for late payment with a surcharge

PROTECTION TERM

20 years from the international filing date (minus one day)

REQUIREMENTS

Filing Requirements

Legalized POA required for all of the below procedures


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report (ISR)
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report (if available)
  • Title and Abstract in Arabic
  • 1 copy of specifications in English
  • 3 copies of specifications in Arabic
  • Sworn English translation of priority (upon request)

What you need to know

  • POA may be submitted within 4 months from filing date
  • Copy of International Publication, copy of ISR, copy of International Preliminary Examination Report (if available), and Title and Abstract in Arabic must be submitted at the time of filing
  • Remaining documents may be submitted within 6 months from filing date

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of change of name/address, legalized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Documents must be translated into Arabic upon submission

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

What you need to know

  • Separate POAs are required from assignee and assignor
  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Documents must be translated into Arabic upon submission

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation, legalized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Documents must be translated into Arabic upon submission

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation of the licensee, legalized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Documents must be translated into Arabic upon submission
  • Separate POAs are required from the
    licensee and licensor

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date. Can be extended for extra 5 years

EXAMINATION

As to form and novelty

APPLICATION WITH MULTIPLE FIGURES

Admissible for up to 50 figures

LOCARNO CLASSIFICATION

Yes

OPPOSITION

60 days from publication date


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • POA, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation, legalized
  •  6 copies of the representations
  •  Brief separate illustration of the drawings
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified
  • Description of the design
  • Deed of assignment from the inventor(s), legalized

What you need to know

  • Copies of the representations, description of the design, and a brief separate illustration of the drawings must be submitted at the time of filing
  • Deed of assignment may be submitted within 6 months of filing date
  • POA, certificate of incorporation, and priority document may be submitted within 6 months of filing date

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