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Egypt Patents

Patent & Design Protection

Egypt patents have a duration of 20 years from date of filing and annual renewal fees are payable every year from the first anniversary of the filing date (in advance). Egypt is a member of PCT and the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property). 

Types of Patents:  

  • Patents of Invention
  • Patents of Addition
  • National Phase PCT Application

Filing Requirements:

Non-PCT applications:

  • Power of Attorney, legalised (must be filed within 4 months of filing date)
  • Title and abstract with Arabic translation (required upon filing)
  • Specification, claims, drawings and abstract with Arabic translation (must be filed within 6 months of date of filing)
  • Deed of assignment, legalised (must be filed within 4 months of filing date, if not lodged during the international phase
  • Certificate of Incorporation (must be filed within 4 months of filing date)
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable) (must be filed within 3 months of filing date)

PCT applications:

Egypt currently does not make provision for filing PCT applications, therefore does not set out the filing requirements for such applications.  Applicants should lodge the same documents as for non-PCT applications along with the following:

  • Published International application (required upon filing)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed)

Novelty:

Absolute novelty required.

Patentability:  

Methods of medical diagnosis, treatment or surgery are not patentable.

Examination:

A request for examination must filed within 6 months of the date of filing.

Duration/Renewals:

The patent has a duration of 20 years from date of filing. Annual renewal fees are payable every year from the first anniversary of the filing date (in advance).

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • PCT

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney, legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate (must be filed within 6 months of filing date)
  • Drawings, photographs or other graphic representations of the design (required upon filing)
  • Certified copy of extract of the applicant’s entry in the Commercial Register or a certified copy of the applicant’s Certificate of Incorporation if the applicant is a company, duly legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate (must be filed within 6 months of filing date)
  • A statement indicating the kind of products for which the design is to be used with Arabic translation (required upon filing)
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable) (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Deed of assignment, legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate (must be filed within 6 months of filing date). This document is only required if the documents were filed in the name of the inventors.

Duration/Renewals:

The design has an initial term of 10 years from date of filing, with possible extension of a term of 5 years.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • The Hague Agreement

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

PCT National Phase entries provide a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect intellectual property in each of its contracting states. A patent application filed under the PCT is called an international application, or PCT application. A single filing of an international application is made with a Receiving Office (RO) in one language. It then results in a search performed by an International Searching Authority (ISA), accompanied by a written opinion regarding the patentability of the invention, which is the subject of the application. The PCT National Phase entry essentially leads to a standard national or regional patent application, which may be granted or rejected according to applicable law, in each jurisdiction in which a patent is desired. 

Paris Convention

Egypt is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trade marks and designs. The Paris Convention is an international agreement which helps creators ensure that their intellectual property is protected in other countries. It applies to IP in the widest sense as it covers patents, trade marks and industrial designs to name a few.

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