INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN EGYPT
First Renewal Term
Subsequent Renewal Term
In Egypt, trademark protection begins by obtaining the trademark rights, along with their official recognition from the local Trademark Office. The same also serves as a prerequisite for any claim of ownership or an attempt to take enforcement action.
Trademark Registration in Egypt involves all the general procedures, which include filing, examination, publication, opposition, and registration.
Multi-class trademark applications are applicable in Egypt; however, such an application is not recommended because the delay of the registration in one class will also delay the registration in other classes, which is why this type of filing is rarely adopted and filing a single application for each class is highly advisable.
The interested third parties may file opposition actions against a trademark application within two (02) months following its publication date in the Official Gazette.
In Egypt, the expected time frame for the completion of the registration process is 12-24 months, with relatively minimal expenditures and fees for the brand owners.
The trademark registration term is valid for ten years from the date of application, which can be further renewed indefinitely for periods of ten (10) years.
Egypt is a member of the Paris Convention and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Law No. 82 of 2002 pertaining to the protection of intellectual property rights deals with the mechanism of patent protection in Egypt.
Process Patent and Product Patent are the two types of patents that can be protected in Egypt.
In Egypt, any invention that satisfies the conditions of novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability, subjects to patentability.
The types of patent applications in Djibouti include Non-Convention Application, Convention Application, PCT National Phase Application, Divisional Application, and Patent of Addition.
Utility Model Protection is available under the patent law.
The time-period for the PCT National Phase Filing is thirty (30) months.
Opposition against a patent application can be raised at the pre-grant stage. At the pre-grant stage, any third party may raise an opposition after the patent gets published, but before it is granted, which is usually within two (02) months of publication.
The patent of invention lasts for twenty (20) years in Egypt. The protection term for a utility model patent is seven (07) years.
The time frame for payment of Annuities before the due date is three (03) months.
Egypt is a member of the Paris Convention and Hague Agreement.
Law No. 82 of 2002 pertaining to the protection of intellectual property rights deals with the mechanism of registration of industrial designs.
The types of industrial design applications in Egypt include Non-Convention Application and Convention Application.
Utility model protection isn't provided under industrial design protection in Egypt.
Opposition against an industrial design application can be raised within two (02) months from the date of publication of the industrial design in the official gazette.
The total duration of an industrial design registration is fifteen (15) years from the date of application. The initial term of registration is ten (10) years, which is further extendible for a term of (05) five years upon payment of the renewal fee.
There is a grace period of three (03) months to renew an industrial design in Egypt.
Egypt is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
Law No. 82 of 2002 pertaining to the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights deals with the mechanism of copyright protection in Egypt.
Copyright protection exists upon the creation of a literary or artistic work, and the creator doesn't need to register the work to enjoy copyright protection.
The standard copyright protection term lasts for the lifetime of the author plus fifty (50) years following his death. However, the duration of copyright protection varies depending on the type of work.