EGYPT Intellectual Property

Patent Attorneys Egypt | Trademark Registrations

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Intellectual Property law firm and intellectual property agent for Africa, including Egyptdeals exclusively with patent and trademark law. Our qualified and experienced intellectual property lawyers are able to give you the best legal advice regarding your patents and trademarks in most African countries. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to patents, design, copyright and trademarks. 

Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade Marks
The Arab Republic of Egypt, home of the colossal Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel, Sudan and Libya. Egypt has one of the longest histories of any country, and one of the largest and most diversified economies in the Middle East. Egypt is a founding member of the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, Arab League, African Union, and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Trade Marks

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✓
Multi-class Applications ✓
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Registration Timetable:
From Filing to Registration, 2 – 3 Years.

Duration and Renewal:
10 years with optional 10-year renewal periods.

Egypt is a First to File country.
(whomever first FILES the mark gets the rights)

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Patents

Paris Convention ✓
PCT ✓
Examination ✓
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Registration Timetable:
Complete Patent, 2 to 3 years

Duration and Renewal:
20 years with annual renewal fees from the 1st anniversary of the effective date.
Possible extensions.

Translation:
Specification in English or French required on the day of filing, for translation in to Arabic.

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Designs

Paris Convention ✓
Locarno Classification ✓
Hague Agreement ✓
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Registration Timetable:
Registered Design, 12 – 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
Industrial designs have a duration of 10 years. Possible 5 year extension.

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Copyright

Copyright can be registered in Egypt.

Copyright Duration:
50 years from the filing date.

Economy

Egypt’s key economic sectors:
Irrigation plays a major role in a country the very livelihood of which depends upon a single river, the Nile. Egypt is the world’s largest producer of dates, the 2nd largest producer of figs, the 4th largest producer of strawberries, onions, buffalo milk and eggplants as well as the 5th largest producer of tomatoes and watermelon.

Egypt is one of world’s largest producers of:
Dates, figs, strawberries, onions, buffalo milk, eggplants, watermelon and tomatoes.

Main Export Partners (2016):
United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Main Import Partners (2016):
China, Germany, United States, Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia.

Other African Countries Intellectual Property:

Angola Intellectual Property AgentThe Republic of Angola is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia, the DRC and Zambia. The Economy of Angola is one of the fastest-growing in the world while recovering from 27 years of the civil war.

Botswana Intellectual Property AgentBotswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa with up to 70% of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. Botswana is currently Africa’s oldest continuous democracy and adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. 

Egypt Intellectual Property Agent: The Arab Republic of Egypt, home of the colossal Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel, Sudan and Libya. Egypt has one of the longest histories of any country, and one of the largest and most diversified economies in the Middle East.

Ethiopia Intellectual Property Agent: Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Africa and used to be the 3rd poorest country in the world. The Ethiopian government is in the process of privatising many of the state-owned businesses and moving toward a market economy.

Namibia Intellectual Property AgentNamibia is one of the most fascinating countries in the world but is still a developing country due to income inequality. Namibia has been an independent country since 1990 when it earned sovereignty from South Africa. 

Nigeria Intellectual Property Agent: The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country located in West Africa. Nigeria has one of the world’s highest economic growth rates but poverty still remains significant at 33.1%. 

Rwanda Intellectual Property Agent: Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is one of the smallest countries on the African continent and bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the DRC. 

South Africa Intellectual Property Agent: South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. South Africa has the 2nd largest economy in Africa (after Nigeria) and is one of most industrialised countries on the continent.