Requirements

Egypt Design Requirements

Summarized description of the design.
Applicant info (name and address).
Power of attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized.
Deed of assignment if the applicant is not the designer.
A certified copy of the priority document in case claimed.
Copy of the commercial certificate document is required.

Egypt Patents FAQ

Is the country part of PCT?   Yes
Is any translation required?   Yes
Is there collaboration between all Arab Countries? (Is there any convention that provides protection for patent in more than one Jurisdiction?)   Yes. The GCC, and Egypt is not part of it
For how long is a Patent protected?   20 years
What is the duration of examination?   2 to 3 years
Are there any annuity fees to pay? If yes, when are the annuities due for payment?   Yes upon filing (for PCT application the annuity will calculated from the date of the PCT application). 
Can I obtain a patent on a software-related invention?   No
Is it possible to obtain extension of the term of protection in the country?   no 
Are there examination procedures in this country?    Yes 

Egypt Patents Process

Patent application can be filed, with a translation of the title and the abstract. 
Supporting documents can be provided within 60 days of filing. 
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 3 to 4 years. 
Annuity fees must be paid starting the filing date. A 12 month grace period is given for a late annuity.
A patent is valid for 20 years.

Egypt Patents Requirements

Copies of the patent application which should include:
- Title of invention
- Full description of the invention covering:
     a- Name of the invention in the beginning of the line.
     b- Technical Field.          
     c- Technical Background.
     d- Revelation of the patent.
     e- Description of the drawings, if any.
     f- The instrument used to carrying our invention.  
     g- Way of carrying our invention in industrial.
- Claims
- Drawings
- Abstract
- Three copies of the specification in Arabic (the translation will be prepared locally)
A list of the home and/or foreign applications stating:
 Whether or not the invention has been filed in other countries (including the home country); if yes provide the following:
      a- Country of filing
      b- Application number(s) and filing date (s).
      c- Publication number (if any) and date of publication.
      d- Date patent was granted, and certificate number.
      e- Class of the patent in accordance with the International Classification.
Applicant info (name and address)
Power of attorney (POA) -  notarized and legalized
Copy of the priority document, in case claimed
Deed of assignment  - legalized at the consulate of the Egypt
Arabic translation

Egypt Trademarks FAQ

Q: Which law does the country implement relating to trademarks?

A: Law No. 82 of 2002 on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

Q: Is the country part of Paris Convention?    

A: Yes

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Protocol?   

A: Yes

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Agreement?   

A: Yes   

Q: Is the country part of the TRIPS Agreement?   

A: Yes

Q: Is Apostil Acceptable?

A: No

Q: Which classification of goods/services does the country adopt?    

A: 11th Edition of Nice Classification

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations on the list of goods?

A: No

Q: Can I register a trademark on class header?

A: Yes

Q: Are there any restrictions on the use of the ® and TM symbols?  

A: ® and TM symbols may not be a part of the trademark while filing it, but can be used along with a registered trademark

Q: Can priority be claimed?  

A: Yes

Q: Can colors be claimed?

A: Yes

Q: Can you file a disclaimer in the filing application?

A: No

Q: Can you conduct a search by applicant name?

A: No

Q: Is the certificate issued in paper or electronically?

A: Paper

Q: Is there a requirement of use of mark to maintain the trademark registration throughout the entire valid protection period or to renew the mark?

A: Yes, but the TMO does not request any proof of use. However any interested third party can file a cancellation action against your trademark registration if the mark was not used for 5 consecutive years.

Q: If the applicant failed to renew the mark, can any third party re-register the same mark?

A: A mark, which is not renewed, cannot be re-registered in favor of third parties in respect of identical or similar goods or services before the lapse of 3 years from the date of non-renewal.

Q: Can the applicant withdraw the trademark application at any time?

A: Yes

Q: Can you assign or amend details of a trademark that is under process?  

A: No, any assignment or amendment should be done after the registration of the trademark is completed.

Q: Do you have to include a consideration on the assignment document?  

A: No

Q: Are there any specific custom procedures in the country?   

A: Yes

Egypt Trademarks Process

Trademark Registration: 

  • The registration process takes 14-18 months to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • The application will be examined by the TMO within a period of 10 to 12 months. After the end of the examination period, the TMO will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled within 6 months from the official notification date to publish the mark in the official gazette, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
    • Conditionally accept the application, you may appeal the decision or comply with the said conditions within a period of 30 days from the official notification date, otherwise the application would be considered withdrawn.
    • Reject the application, you may appeal the decision within a period of 30 days from the official notification date, otherwise the application would be considered withdrawn.
  • Any interested third party can oppose the publication of the trademark application within 60 days from the date of publication in the official gazette. The applicant has 30 days from official notification date to file a reply to the opposition, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
  • The certificate of registration will be issued within 1 month from the date of settlement of registration fees.
  • The trademark certificate will be published for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The trademark's registration is valid for 10 Gregorian years, starting from the filing date, and renewable for similar consecutive periods.

Trademark Renewal: 

  • The renewal process takes 1 week to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • The renewal application should be filed within the last year of the valid protection period.
  • A 6 months grace period after the expiry of the valid protection period is granted for filing late renewal; however it is subject to late penalty fees.
  • When filing the renewal application, the applicant has to settle the renewal and publication fees on the same day.
  • The renewal certificate will be issued within 1 week from the date of settlement of fees.
  • The renewal certificate will be published in the official gazette for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The trademark renewal is valid for another 10 Gregorian consecutive years starting from the expiry of the previous protection period.

Trademark Change of Name and/or Address: 

  • The recordal of change process takes 1 week to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each trademark.
  • A change of agent should be filed and published in order to ensure formality requirements are met.
  • When filing the change application, the applicant has to settle the change and publication fees on the same day.
  • The TMO will examine the application and issue the cdertificate within 1 week from filing.
  • The change will be published in the official gazette for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

Trademark Assignment: 

  • The recordal of the assignment takes 6-10 months to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each trademark.
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met. 
  • When filing the assignment application, the applicant has to settle the assignment and publication fees on the same day.
  • The TMO will examine the application and issue its official notice of assignment recordal within 6-8 months from filing.
  • The assignment will be published in the official gazette for informative purposes only within 3 months from the date of issuance of notice of assignment recordal; No one can oppose the said publication.

Egypt Trademarks Requirements

Trademark Registration:

  • Copy of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • A list of the goods to be covered by the application (Classes) - translated to Arabic.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Egyptian embassy and submitted within 60 days of filing.
  • A certified copy of the priority document in case claimed should be provided within 6 months of filing date.

Trademark Renewal:

  • Details of the trademark registration.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Egyptian embassy and submitted within 60 days from filing.
  • A simple copy of the trademark registration certificate.

Trademark - Change of Name and/or Address:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the change specifications.
  • A document proving the change of name and/or address legalized at the Egyptian embassy and submitted at filing
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Egyptian embassy and submitted at filing.
  • A simple copy of the trademark registration certificate.

Trademark Assignment:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the assignment specifications.
  • An assignment document translated to Arabic and legalized at the Egyptian embassy and submitted at filing..
  • Power of attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Egyptian embassy and submitted at filing.
  • A commercial certificate translated to Arabic and legalized at the Egyptian embassy should be submitted at filing.
  • A simple copy of the trademark registration certificate.

Gaza & Westbank Trademarks FAQ

Gaza Trademarks FAQ

Q: Which law does the country implement relating to trademarks?

A: Trademarks Law No. 35/1938

Q: Is the country part of Paris Convention?    

A: No

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Protocol?   

A: No

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Agreement?   

A: No   

Q: Is the country part of the TRIPS Agreement?   

A: No

Q: Is Apostil Acceptable?

A: No

Q: Which classification of goods/services does the country adopt?    

A: 11th Edition of Nice Classification

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations on the list of goods?

A: Yes, a trademark cannot be registered on:

  • Beers (class 32)
  • Class 33

Q: Can I register a trademark on class header?

A: Yes

Q: Are there any restrictions on the use of the ® and TM symbols?  

A: ® and TM symbols may not be a part of the trademark while filing it, but can be used along with a registered trademark

Q: Can priority be claimed?  

A: No

Q: Can colors be claimed?

A: Yes

Q: Can you file a disclaimer in the filing application?

A: Yes

Q: Can you conduct a search by applicant name?

A: Yes

Q: Is the certificate issued in paper or electronically?

A: Paper

Q: Is there a requirement of use of mark to maintain the trademark registration throughout the entire valid protection period or to renew the mark?

A: Yes, but the TMO does not request any proof of use. However any interested third party can file a cancellation action against your trademark registration if the mark was not used for 2 consecutive years.

Q: If the applicant failed to renew the mark, can any third party re-register the same mark?

A: A mark, which is not renewed, cannot be re-registered in favor of third parties in respect of identical or similar goods or services before the lapse of one year from the date of non-renewal.

Q: Can the applicant withdraw the trademark application at any time?

A: Yes

Q: Can you assign or amend details of a trademark that is under process?  

A: No, any assignment or amendment should be done after the registration of the trademark is completed.

Q: Do you have to include a consideration on the assignment document?  

A: No

Q: Are there any specific custom procedures in the country?   

A: No

 

West Bank Trademarks FAQ

Q: Which law does the country implement relating to trademarks?

A: Trademarks Law No. 33/1952

Q: Is the country part of Paris Convention?    

A: No

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Protocol?   

A: No

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Agreement?   

A: No   

Q: Is the country part of the TRIPS Agreement?   

A: No

Q: Is Apostil Acceptable?

A: No

Q: Which classification of goods/services does the country adopt?    

A: 11th Edition of Nice Classification

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations on the list of goods?

A: No

Q: Can I register a trademark on class header?

A: Yes

Q: Are there any restrictions on the use of the ® and TM symbols?  

A: ® and TM symbols may not be a part of the trademark while filing it, but can be used along with a registered trademark

Q: Can priority be claimed?  

A: No

Q: Can colors be claimed?

A: Yes

Q: Can you file a disclaimer in the filing application?

A: Yes

Q: Can you conduct a search by applicant name?

A: Yes

Q: Is the certificate issued in paper or electronically?

A: Paper

Q: Is there a requirement of use of mark to maintain the trademark registration throughout the entire valid protection period or to renew the mark?

A: Yes, but the TMO does not request any proof of use. However any interested third party can file a cancellation action against your trademark registration if the mark was not used for 2 consecutive years.

Q: If the applicant failed to renew the mark, can any third party re-register the same mark?

A: A mark, which is not renewed, cannot be re-registered in favor of third parties in respect of identical or similar goods or services before the lapse of one year from the date of non-renewal.

Q: Can the applicant withdraw the trademark application at any time?

A: Yes

Q: Can you assign or amend details of a trademark that is under process?  

A: No, any assignment or amendment should be done after the registration of the trademark is completed.

Q: Do you have to include a consideration on the assignment document?  

A: No

Q: Are there any specific custom procedures in the country?   

A: No

Gaza & Westbank Trademarks Process

Gaza Trademarks Process

Trademark Registration: 

  • The registration process takes 12-18 months to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • Priority cannot be claimed.
  • The application will be examined by the TMO within a period of 1 to 3 months. After the end of the examination period, the TMO will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled to publish the mark in the official gazette.
    • Conditionally accept the application, you may comply with the said conditions or appeal the said decision within a period of 30 days from the official notification date.
    • Reject the application, you may appeal the decision within a period of 30 days from the official notification date, otherwise the application will remain rejected.
  • Any interested third party can oppose the publication of the trademark application within 90 days from the date of publication in the official gazette. The applicant has 30 days from date of official notification to file a reply to the opposition, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
  • The certificate of registration will be issued within 2-6 months from the date of settlement of registration fees.
  • The trademark's registration is valid for 7 Gregorian years, starting from the filing date, and renewable for 14 years.

Trademark Renewal: 

  • The renewal process takes 1-2 weeks to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met.
  • The renewal application should be filed within the last year of the valid protection period.
  • A 1 month grace period after the expiry of the valid protection period is granted for filing late renewal; however it is subject to late penalty fees provided that a warning letter shall be sent by the TMO to the applicant/agent to pay the renewal fees.
  • Upon settling the renewal and publication fees to record the renewal in the TMO database, the TMO will issue a certificate of renewal.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The trademark renewal is valid for another 14 Gregorian consecutive years starting from the expiry of the previous protection period.

Trademark Change of Name and/or Address: 

  • The recordal of change process takes 1-2 week to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met.
  • Upon settling the change and publication fees to record the change in the TMO database, the TMO will issue a certificate of amendment.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

Trademark Assignment: 

  • The recordal of the assignment takes 2-3 weeks to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class. 
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met. 
  • Upon settling the assignment and publication fees to record the assignment in the TMO database, the TMO will issue a certificate of assignment.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

 

West Bank Trademarks Process

Trademark Registration: 

  • The registration process takes 10-12 months to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • Priority cannot be claimed.
  • The application will be examined by the TMO within a period of 1 to 2 months. After the end of the examination period, the TMO will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled to publish the mark in the official gazette.
    • Conditionally accept the application, you may comply with the said conditions or appeal the said decision within a period of 30 days from the official notification date.
    • Initiate an office action, you may amend the application or appeal the said decision within a period of 30 days from the official notification date.
    • Reject the application, you may appeal the decision within a period of 20 days from the official notification date, otherwise the application will remain rejected.
  • Any interested third party can oppose the publication of the trademark application within 90 days from the date of publication in the official gazette. The applicant has 30 days from date of official notification to file a reply to the opposition, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
  • The certificate of registration will be issued within 1-2 months from the date of settlement of registration fees.
  • The trademark's registration is valid for 7 Gregorian years, starting from the filing date, and renewable for 14 years.

Trademark Renewal: 

  • The renewal process takes 1 week to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met.
  • The renewal application should be filed within the last year of the valid protection period.
  • A 1 month grace period after the expiry of the valid protection period is granted for filing late renewal; however it is subject to late penalty fees provided that a warning letter shall be sent by the TMO to the applicant/agent to pay the renewal fees. .
  • Upon settling the renewal and publication fees to record the renewal in the TMO database, the TMO will issue a certificate of renewal within 2-3 working days.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The trademark renewal is valid for another 14 Gregorian consecutive years starting from the expiry of the previous protection period.

Trademark Change of Name and/or Address: 

  • The recordal of change process takes 2 weeks to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class.
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met.
  • Upon settling the change and publication fees to record the change in the TMO database, the TMO will issue a certificate of amendment.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

Trademark Assignment: 

  • The recordal of the assignment takes around 1-2 months to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each class. 
  • A change of agent should be filed in order to ensure formality requirements are met. 
  • Upon settling the assignment and publication fees to record the assignment in the TMO database, the TMO will issue a certificate of assignment within 1-2 months.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.

Gaza & Westbank Trademarks Requirements

Gaza Trademarks Requirements

Trademark Registration:

  • Copy of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • A list of the goods to be covered by the application (Classes) - translated to Arabic.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Scanned copy of the simply signed POA, stamped by the company seal, and translated into Arabic language.  

Trademark Renewal:

  • Details of the trademark registration.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Scanned copy of the simply signed POA, stamped by the company seal, and translated into Arabic language. 

Trademark - Change of Name and/or Address:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Details of the change specifications. 
  • Change of Address: A scanned copy of the certified document proving the change address legalized at the Palestinian embassy translated to Arabic submitted at filing.
  • Change of Name: Original certified document proving the change of name legalized at the Palestinian embassy translated to Arabic submitted at filing.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Scanned copy of the simply signed POA, stamped by the company seal, and translated into Arabic language. 

Trademark Assignment:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Details of the assignment specifications. 
  • Original assignment document translated to Arabic and legalized at the Palestinian embassy and submitted at filing. 
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Scanned copy of the simply signed POA, stamped by the company seal, and translated into Arabic language

 

West Bank Trademarks Requirements

Trademark Registration:

  • Copy of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • A list of the goods to be covered by the application (Classes) - translated to Arabic.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Palestinian embassy and locally notarized and legalized in Palestine and translated into Arabic language submitted within 90 days of filing.

Trademark Renewal:

  • Details of the trademark registration.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Palestinian embassy and locally notarized and legalized in Palestine and translated into Arabic language submitted at filing. 

Trademark - Change of Name and/or Address:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Details of the change specifications. 
  • A certified document proving the change of name and/or address legalized at the Palestinian embassy and locally notarized and legalized in Palestine and translated into Arabic language submitted at filing.
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Palestinian embassy and locally notarized and legalized in Palestine submitted at filing. 

Trademark Assignment:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Details of the assignment specifications. 
  • An assignment document translated to Arabic and legalized at the Palestinian embassy and submitted at filing. 
  • Power of Attorney (POA): Original should be notarized and legalized at the Palestinian embassy and locally notarized and legalized in Palestine translated into Arabic language submitted at filing. 

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