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Egypt: Extension of Time-Limit for a National Phase Application

February 15, 2010

According to an official notification issued by the Egyptian Patent Office on February 1, 2010, the 30-month time limit for entering the national phase under PCT Chapters I and II may be extended for an additional 3-month period upon submission of a written request and payment of a substantial surcharge for late entry. This decision comes in line with the provisions of Ministerial Decree no. 10 of 2010 (published in Official Gazette no. 24 on January 31, 2010). The written request must list the reasons for the extension and can be filed after the expiry of the time limit. It should be noted that the extended time limit does not apply to the filing of a request for examination, the applicant’s statement and evidence in opposition proceedings, and the payment of annuity fees.

Framework of a National Phase PCT Application
Entry into Force
September 6, 2003
Filing Requirements
1. Power of attorney, legalized.
2. Certificate of incorporation, legalized.
3. Copy of PCT Request.
4. Copy of International Publication.
5. Copy of International Search Report.
6. Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report (if available).
Documents 3-6 must be submitted at the time of filing. Documents 1 and 2 may be submitted within 4 months from filing date.
Annuities
A maintenance fee is due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date.
Protection Term
The term of protection is 20 years from the international filing date.

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