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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention: Yes
  • PCT: Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO: No
  • OAPI: No

Filing Requirements:

  • Arabic translation of title and abstract (required on day of filing)
  • Published PCT application or English/Arabic specification, claims, abstract and drawings if non-PCT (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, legalised (can be filed within 4 months of filing date)
  • Assignment of Invention, legalised (if not lodged during international phase) (can be filed within 4 months of filing date)
  • Arabic translation of specification, claims and drawings (can be filed within 6 months of filing date)
  • Certificate of Incorporation (only for non-PCT applications) (can be filed within 4 months of filing date)
  • International Search report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document (for non-PCT applications or if not lodged during international phase) (can be filed within 3 months of filing date)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:  None

Examination:   A request for examination must be filed within 6 months of the filing date. Amendments can be filed at any time before grant of the application

Term of Patent:  20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:  Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 1 001 450 km2
  • Population: 80.5 million
  • Capital: Cairo
  • Currency:  Egyptian Pound
  • GDP:  $ 500.9 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .eg
  • Languages: Arabic (official language), French, English
  • Exports: Crude oil and petroleum products; cotton yarn; raw cotton; textiles; metal products; chemicals
  • Imports: Machinery and equipment; food; fertilisers; wood products; durable consumer goods; capital goods

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Hague Agreement on Designs
  • Madrid Agreement on Goods
  • Madrid Agreement on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Nice Agreement on Classification of Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Trade Mark Law Treaty
  • WIPO Convention