EGYPT: Patent Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✓  PCT
✘  ARIPO
✘  OAPI

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Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Must be legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate and filed within 4 months of the filing date.

Specification, claims, drawings and abstract
The specification, claims, drawings and abstract are required upon filing. An Arabic translation of the documents can be filed within 6 months of the filing date.

Translation
An Arabic translation of the title is required upon filing.

Deed of Assignment
Must be legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate and filed within 4 months of the filing date.

Certificate of Incorporation
Must be legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate and filed within 4 months of the filing date (if the applicant is a company)

Priority Document (if applicable)
(if applicable) Together with a verified Arabic translation, must be filed within 3 months of the filing date.

Further Information

Deadlines
30 months from earliest priority date for entering national phase under PCT.

Examination
Applications are subject to formal and substantive examination.

Duration
The patent has a duration of 20 years from date of filing or the PCT International filing date, with no possible extensions. (Patents for chemical inventions relating to foodstuffs, medicines or pharmaceutical compounds where only the process is claimed, have a non-extendable duration of 10 years).

Maintenance fees / Renewal fees
Annual maintenance fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date or from the PCT International filing date.  There is a 12-month grace period to pay the maintenance fees.

Egypt Patent Agents

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